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Australia's new government has called on China to lift trade sanctions if it wants to reset bilateral relations.

Chinese Prime Minister Anthony Albanese's congratulatory letter to Prime Minister on his election victory was seen as easing Beijing's two-year ban on high-level government contacts with Australia. Premier Li Keqiang said China is ready to work with Australia to develop bilateral relations, AP reported.

In recent years, China has imposed a series of formal and informal trade barriers on a range of Australian goods worth billions of dollars, including coal, wine, barley, beef and seafood.

"It was China that imposed sanctions on Australia. There is no justification for this. And that is why they should be removed,” Albanese told reporters.

“We would certainly like to see those sanctions and those tariffs lifted. They are damaging our economy. They are making life harder for some of our employers and workers here in Australia and so obviously we would like to see those measures lifted,” Chalmers said on Wednesday.

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