Aussie PM faces challenge in China ties

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison, with his family, facing the press and supporters after his surprise win in the May 18 election. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison, with his family, facing the press and supporters after his surprise win in the May 18 election. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Chinese state media calls for respect from Canberra as bilateral relations turn frosty

Prime Minister Scott Morrison's surprise victory in the Australian election drew the usual praise from world leaders, but prompted a notable rebuke from state-owned Chinese media.

"Morrison may... need to recalibrate his country's relations with China," said the China Daily. "Canberra needs to refresh its perspective on China, and treat it with respect and as an equal partner."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 31, 2019, with the headline 'Aussie PM faces challenge in China ties'. Print Edition | Subscribe