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Australia wants China talks but will be 'patient': trade minister

'Team approach' with industry mitigates Beijing tensions as Quad ties deepen

Australian Trade Minister Dan Tehan tells Nikkei Asia about how Canberra is navigating its tariff and other disputes with China on July 17. (Photo by Yasunori Okamura)

TOKYO -- Australia wants to hash out its disputes with China through dialogue, but is willing to be "patient," Canberra's trade minister said in an exclusive interview.

"What I'd like to do is be able to sit down and work through these issues," said Dan Tehan, who took on the trade, tourism and investment portfolio late last year as China-Australia ties swiftly deteriorated.

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