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Australia's Wong says China meeting a 'first step' to better ties

Foreign minister speaks with counterpart Wang Yi on sidelines of G-20 meeting

Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong at the meeting of Group of 20 foreign ministers in Bali, Indonesia, on July 7.   © Reuters

SYDNEY (Reuters) -- Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong said a meeting with her Chinese counterpart was "a first step towards stabilizing the relationship" but it would take time for Beijing to remove trade "blockages" on Australia.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met Wong on the sidelines of the G-20 meeting in Bali on Friday evening, the first meeting between foreign ministers of the major trading partners in three years.

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