There are hopes a new regional pact will allow Australia and China to resolve diplomatic tensions and trade disputes.

Australia officially signed onto the 15-nation regional comprehensive economic partnership at the weekend after eight years of negotiations.

China, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and 10 Southeast Asian countries are part of the pact.

Australia already has bilateral deals with each nation, so the agreement will not lead to a drop in trade tariffs.

But it could pave the way for talks to resume between Australian and Chinese officials.

Trade Minister Simon Birmingham is keen to resolve battered relations, having been ignored by his Chinese counterpart for many months.

“We continue to be open to dialogue with China at any time,” Senator Birmingham told ABC radio on Monday.

“Our door is open and the ball is very much in their court.”

Chinese officials have launched trade strikes on Australian barley, wheat, timber, coal and lobster in recent months.

Other valuable exports including beef and wine have also been in the firing line.

“We are deeply concerned by some of the regulatory actions and decisions China has made this year,” Senator Birmingham said.

“We’ve made no secret of our concern and our displeasure in that regard.”