Australia slams the door on well-connected Chinese tycoon Huang Xiangmo

Billionaire Huang Xiangmo has been barred from re-entering Australia.
Billionaire Huang Xiangmo has been barred from re-entering Australia.PHOTO: YUHU GROUP

During a fierce debate in 2017 on alleged Chinese interference in Australian politics, opposition leader Bill Shorten held up a photograph in Parliament of the then foreign minister Julie Bishop smiling alongside Chinese property tycoon Huang Xiangmo.

Mr Shorten, the Labor leader, was seeking to show that the ruling Liberal-National coalition had cosy ties with Mr Huang, a controversial figure at the centre of claims that Beijing has been trying to meddle in Australian domestic affairs.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 23, 2019, with the headline 'Australia slams the door on well-connected Chinese tycoon'. Print Edition | Subscribe