By ROD McGUIRK
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says he will soon meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping for the first face-to-face talks between the nations’ leaders in five years. Albanese said he would meet Xi on the Indonesian island of Bali on the sidelines of the G-20 summit on Tuesday. Albanese didn’t respond directly when asked by a reporter in Bali how confident he was that the meeting would lead China to amend a series of official and unofficial trade barriers that cost Australian exporters $13 billion a year. Albanese said: “We enter this discussion with good will.” The last Australian prime minister Xi met was Malcolm Turnbull on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Germany in 2017.
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