Growing debate over China's influence in Australia's affairs

Australia has more than 1.2 million people of Chinese heritage, but there have been concerns that the community is being targeted by China to influence Australian political debate and university activities.
Australia has more than 1.2 million people of Chinese heritage, but there have been concerns that the community is being targeted by China to influence Australian political debate and university activities.PHOTO: REUTERS

SYDNEY - 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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