Oz govt lawyer names China in ‘foreign interference’ probe

Sydney, September 16

Australia has named China in a court docket doc because the international state below investigation by police in its first international interference investigation, although Beijing dismissed the allegation as an anti-China smear. Ties between Australia and its greatest buying and selling associate have been plagued over latest years by Australian complaints of Chinese interference in its politics.

China has constantly denied the accusations.

The Australian Federal Police and the Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) have declined to touch upon whether or not a raid on the places of work of a New South Wales (NSW) state politician and his staffer on June 26 was associated to China. But the court docket submitting acknowledged the search warrant utilized by police identifies the international principal because the China authorities.

John Zhang, who labored for NSW Labor politician Shaoquett Moselmane, has requested the High Court to quash the search warrants used to look his residence, enterprise and Moselmane’s parliament workplace. The authorities’s court docket doc, signed off by Australia’s Solicitor-General Stephen Donaghue, was lodged the day after it warned Australian journalists working in China to depart for security causes. — Reuters

Beijing rejects Australian accusation

Beijing: China is not going to intervene within the inside affairs of different international locations, international ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin has mentioned. Some in Australia are spreading rumours about China, and that this doesn’t assist with the event of bilateral relations, he mentioned. Reuters

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