Australia's no-show at China forum adds to concerns of worsening tensions

The Boao Forum for Asia was held on Hainan island from April 8-11.
The Boao Forum for Asia was held on Hainan island from April 8-11.PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY - At China's recent Boao Forum for Asia conference, a range of global and political leaders were in attendance but there was a noticeable absence: No Australian politicians were there.

This absence has been credited to a "freeze" by China, which has reportedly been stalling visas for Australian politicians or failing to invite them for visits.

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