Australian PM accuses Labor opposition of appeasing China but attacks appear to backfire

Mr Scott Morrison (right) said that China was hoping Mr Anthony Albanese would win the upcoming election. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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SYDNEY - Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been accused of endangering the country's bipartisan approach to China after he attempted to paint the Labor opposition party as being soft on Beijing.

During a bitter debate in Parliament, Mr Morrison accused a senior Labor member of being a "Manchurian candidate", or a Chinese puppet, though he later withdrew the remark.

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