G20 opportunity for countries to work better with one another: Australian experts

Source: Xinhua| 2020-11-20 17:03:18|Editor: huaxia

CANBERRA, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- The G20 Summit will provide an opportunity for countries to work better with one another in post-COVID-19 era, said experts from think tank The Australia Institute.

"The forum brings together the 20 big economies," said Allan Behm, International and Security Affairs Adviser with The Australia Institute in an interview with Xinhua.

"While there are political differences, they all come together to look at each other and say how is the world going to work best that enables us to continue to build our economies, how do we maintain peace in the world, and what is the best way for our peoples to be able to live happy lives."

The 2020 G20 Summit will be held virtually on Nov. 21 to 22, chaired by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

His view was shared by Rod Campbell, research director at The Australia Institute.

Campbell said that the Australian government should put more efforts in improving relationship with China, and Australia and China do have a lot in common.

"We are both countries that have large arid areas that are going to be affected by climate change. We are both countries that are challenged by water management and managing big rivers, and we're both countries that have big agricultural sectors that are complementary," he said.

Apart from international relations, Campbell said health policies should also be high on the G20 agenda.

"China has got on coronavirus really well, and China has got a lot of history in terms of dealing with flu and outbreaks like that," he said. "So I think China has a lot of lessons that it could take to the rest of the world, in terms of how to respond." Enditem