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Albo backs out on DJ promise


Anthony Albanese will skip out on performing a DJ set with Fatman Scoop in favour of jet setting across Asia for a hectic summit season.

The Prime Minister will on Friday afternoon leave for ASEAN in Cambodia before travelling to the G20 in Bali and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Thailand towards the end of next week.

But officials have confirmed the tour has left no time in his schedule to appear at a performance on Friday evening as requested by the American rapper.

“All you gotta do is put on a cool shirt, take a shower, bring your laptop. I’m gonna show you exactly what to do,” Scoop told him in August.

At the time, he said the offer sounded “pretty good” and he would if he could, telling him to get his people “to talk to my people”.

Mr Albanese – known as DJ Albo when he’s behind the decks – was last week grilled by the rapper over whether he’d accept his invitation to appear together at the Fridayz Live event.

“I’ve been calling your people for three weeks, what’s going on here sir?” he asked during an interview on the Hit Network’s Fifi, Fev and Nick.

“Mate, I’m in. I’ve done a little video for your gigs that are coming up,” the Prime Minister responded.

While a meeting with Scoop isn’t on the agenda, Mr Albanese is widely expected to meet with either the Chinese premier Li Keqiang, or president Xi Jinping, while overseas.

The Prime Minister noted the meeting was not locked in but “we will no doubt be at the same meetings”.

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“What I want to see with the relationship with China is co-operation where we can. But we, of course, will maintain our Australian values where we must,” Mr Albanese told ABC Radio.

“China, of course, has changed its position and it is much more forward leaning than it was in the past and that has caused tensions in the relationship.”

The last Australian prime minister to have an official meeting with the Chinese president was Malcolm Turnbull, who met with Mr Xi on the sidelines of the APEC conference in Peru in 2016.

Mr Albanese will also have his first face-to-face meeting with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak during the week, as well as meeting with the leaders of Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand.

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