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Albanese to meet with Japanese counterpart

The opposition wants Anthony Albanese to say whether he raised the incident with Xi Jinping.

The opposition wants Anthony Albanese to say whether he raised the incident with Xi Jinping. Photo: AAP

Anthony Albanese will meet with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida for high-level talks less than two weeks after his visit to China.

The prime minister has joined world leaders in San Francisco for the APEC summit.

He will hold talks with the Japanese prime minister on Saturday morning AEDT.

The meeting with one of Australia’s key partners comes after Mr Albanese became the first prime minister in seven years to set foot on Chinese soil earlier this month.

Beijing has stated it views ascension to the 12-nation Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership trade bloc as essential to deepening ties with Australia.

The Albanese government has left the door open to China’s bid, and won’t block the application.

But for a new country to sign up to the trade agreement, member states must give unanimous support.

Japan, a member of the trans-Pacific trade bloc, is strongly opposed to Beijing’s entry.

Mr Albanese met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the summit on Friday.

Mr Albanese will also meet with Vietnamese President Vo Van Thuong on Saturday, before he attends the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting.

He will fly out of the US that same day.

—AAP

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