Australian FM off to Indonesia, China after spy row
SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will hold talks with Indonesia on Thursday to help repair ties strained by a spying row and draw up a code of ethics to govern relations.
The nation's top diplomat will also visit China, where relations are likewise on edge after Canberra's criticism of Beijing's newly-declared air defence identification zone.
"The minister will lead a high level delegation to Jakarta for broad-ranging discussions about the bilateral relationship, following President (Susilo Bambang) Yudhoyono's recent statement," her office said.
Reports last month that Australian spies tried to tap the phones of Mr Yudhoyono, his wife and his inner circle in 2009 sparked one of the worst diplomatic crises between the two strategic allies in years.