Australia debates China's alleged hand in its affairs

Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd (left) accused Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of "fearmongering", following new laws to curb foreign interference.
Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd (left) accused Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of "fearmongering", following new laws to curb foreign interference.

Avoid 'demonising' Chinese-Australians, PM Turnbull urged amid plans to curb meddling

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been urged to avoid "demonising" the local Chinese-Australian community over his plans to curb meddling by Beijing in the nation's domestic affairs.

The calls, including a stinging attack against Mr Turnbull's China stance by former prime minister Kevin Rudd, come amid growing debate over alleged efforts by China to interfere in Australian affairs.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 27, 2018, with the headline 'Australia debates China's alleged hand in its affairs'. Print Edition | Subscribe