Penny Wong arrives in China for diplomatic talks in first ministerial visit in years

A mark of success of Australia’s first ministerial visit to China in more than three years will be the “dialogue itself”, Foreign Minister Penny Wong has said.

Ms Wong arrived in Beijing overnight ahead of a meeting with senior officials and a formal bilateral with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Wednesday.

The Royal Australian Air Force jet landed at about 10:40pm local time on Tuesday.

Senator Wong was greeted by Australia’s Ambassador to China Graham Fletcher and a representative of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the tarmac at the Beijing Capital International Airport, where it was a freezing cold -4 Celsius.

Senator Wong said it was “very good” to be in China “after quite a long time between visits”.

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