Penny Wong is likely to meet Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in New York this week

Foreign Secretary Penny Wong is likely to meet with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi again this week, in another sign that Australia and China are ready to continue negotiations to try to normalize their relationship.

The ABC has been told that officials this week attempted to organize a meeting between the two foreign ministers on the fringes of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Both ministers will hold numerous similar meetings in the coming days.

A source told the ABC that details of the meeting between Penny Wong and Wang Yi are still under negotiation, but it is likely to continue later this week.

If that happens, it will be the second meeting in less than 12 weeks between the two ministers, who first met in Bali in July after the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting.

A second meeting would indicate that Beijing is still willing to maintain high-level contacts with the Albanian government, even though the two countries have made limited progress in resolving fundamental disagreements since Labor came to power in May.

The Albanian government has taken a cautious and deliberate tone with China, saying it has tried to stabilize the relationship without renouncing core issues of national importance.

Penny Wong speaks at a microphone in front of a blue background during a press conference in Malaysia
The details of the meeting between the two ministers are still under negotiation.(Reuters: Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

The meeting would cover a wide range of difficult and delicate disputes.

The federal government has pressured China over its treatment of imprisoned Australian journalist Cheng Lei and author Yang Hengjun.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanian has also repeatedly called on Beijing to lift punitive trade sanctions imposed on a range of Australian goods and products as a first step towards restoring goodwill.

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