Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

China's Diplomatic Complaint Against Australia

Illustration Don Lindsay Illustration Don Lindsay
Kenneth Drake | 09 December, 2017, 13:53

The Prime Minister used unusually sharp language to reject China's complaint against him, after he raised concerns this week about Communist Party influence in domestic politics.

The Chinese government says it is "astonished" by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's statements on China, which risk "poisoning" the bilateral relationship.

Mr Dastyari has been keeping a low profile since being demoted, after warning a Chinese donor his phone might have been bugged by Australian intelligence agencies.

"Media reports have suggested that the Chinese Communist Party has been working to covertly interfere with our media, our universities and even the decisions of elected representatives right here in this building".

'We are astounded by the relevant remarks of the Australian leader.

"This kind of statement caters to the irresponsible reports by the Australian media that are biased against China, absolutely clutching at straws, purely fabricated and poisoning the atmosphere of China-Australian relations", said China's foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang.

Senator Dastyari is also in hot water after an audio recording surfaced of the NSW Labor powerbroker defending Beijing's aggressive land grab in the South China Sea.

Australia was setting the terms of a "healthy and sustainable relationship" with China by introducing the foreign influence laws, he said.


Turnbull said this week that foreign powers were making "unprecedented and increasingly sophisticated attempts to influence the political process" in Australia and the world.

Mr Turnbull said Mr Dastyari was a "classic case" of such foreign interference.

The Head of the Australian government Malcolm Turnbull has lashed out at China, shifting between English and Mandarin to make it clear that he will "stand up" for his country and halt foreign influence there.

Dr Davis said Australia should not be "bullied" by China and such interference challenged our destiny as a Western, liberal democracy.

"Ultimately, their goal is to have Australia become more pro-China, less pro-US, align with Beijing and distance itself from the United States and ultimately end the alliance", he said.

"Our population is changing".

Following China's response to PM Turnbull's take on foreign interference issues, ABC cited Defense analyst Malcolm Davis, from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute as saying that Beijing was trying to intimidate Australia by complaining about references to its interference in Australia's political process.

At the time Mr Shorten stressed his home visit did not compromise Australia's national security and that Labor would "no longer accept donations from Mr Huang".

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