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Australian PM Turnbull's rosy outlook on Aussie-China ties may not last

Canberra expected to choose national security over fixing ties

During an event at Australia's Parliament House this week to promote ties with China, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull gave a glowing assessment of relations with Beijing and blamed the media and his political opponents for "negativity".

"I'm filled with optimism about the relationship," he told the Australia China Business Council.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 21, 2018, with the headline 'Turnbull's rosy outlook on Aussie-China ties may not last'. Print Edition | Subscribe