The subtle – and not so subtle – signs that Beijing is serious about mending its relationship with Canberra

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived early two months ago to meet his Australian counterpart Penny Wong in Bali.

In Chinese culture, waiting shows sincerity and kindness.

Given recent history, showing up early is not what Australia expected from China’s top diplomat.

Canberra had to wait nearly two years during a diplomatic freeze, hoping Beijing officials would pick up the phone.

Wang’s meeting with Wong at the G20 was the first ministerial-level meeting between the two countries since 2019.

Apparently they had a lot to discuss. The meeting exceeded the planned length and was Wang’s longest official meeting on the sidelines of the event.

Penny Wong met her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Indonesia earlier in July.(Delivered: Australian Embassy in Jakarta)

Today, 77 days later, Wang and Wong met again, this time on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

It is a moment that could be a crucial turning point in China’s relations with Australia.

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