Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said today that his country's relationship with China is important and is handled "with care", although he admitted that both nations maintain discrepancies.
"The reality is that we have very constructive trade relations with China (but) we do not share the same values and principles," Morrison told 3AW.
The head of the Australian Government also remarked that he would not describe these relationships as difficult.
China is Australia's main trading partner, but bilateral relations have been strained in recent months by Canberra's suspicions that Beijing is meddling in his country's politics and differences over the South China Sea.
Regarding the trade differences and the growing tension between the United States and China, Morrison highlighted Australia's role in the rapprochement between the two nations.
"We share deep values and have a deep alliance with the United States, and we have a strategic alliance with China, and we play an important role in trying to close that gap," said the Australian prime minister.