Former defense and intelligence chief Dennis Richardson described the talks as a step in the right direction after years of growing tensions between China and Australia.
The relationship has been frozen since Australia called for an investigation into the origin of COVID-19, which sparked several discussions with its trading partner.
Dennis Richardson, who was Australia’s secretary of defense between 2012 and 2017 and a former ASIO director general, said ministerial contacts between the two nations were important after a period of tension.
“A change of government after a decade brings with it this kind of opportunity,” Mr Richardson said.
“Speaking is always better than not talking. It gives us the opportunity to raise issues.”
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