Labor plans joint ventures with China in Australia’s north

Labor could enter jointly funded infrastructure ventures with the Chinese government in Australia’s north under Beijing’s Belt and Road initiative, all as part of an escalated embrace of Asia, should it win the next election. Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen will today propose coordinating the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund with the Belt and Road…

Aviation outrage over Chinese ownership of Merredin airport

Merredin airport in Western Australia is effectively under the control of a Chinese government enterprise, prompting outrage in aviation circles, as safety concerns shut down its pilot training school. The airport’s runways, control tower, hangars and all of its assets are 50 per cent owned, and may soon be fully owned, by China’s biggest airline,…

Chinese warn of consumer-led Australian products boycott over worsening relations

Chinese officials have warned of a consumer-led boycott of ­Aus­tralian products following the breakdown in relations ­between the two countries, ­fuelled by Malcolm Turnbull’s foreign interference laws and pushback against ­Chinese influence in the Asia-Pacific region. The Australian understands there have been talks in China about indirectly pulling economic levers — potentially targeting consumer products,…

Australian universities accused of sharing military technology with China

The Defence Department has been accused of turning a blind eye to universities illegally sharing military technology with China. Former senior defence official Peter Jennings has told AM there was a “likelihood” universities were breaking strict export controls on technology that could be used for military purposes. Growing mistrust of Australia He said the time…

Australian political candidates ‘China ties revealed’

The Prime Minister has confirmed reports that ASIO has evidence of links between the Chinese government and Australian political candidates. Campaigning in Bennelong, the Prime Minister was commenting on a report in the Weekend Australian that ASIO has identified around 10 candidates in State and Local government elections with close ties to Chinese intelligence Services….

Beijing’s warning to Australian universities

In a veiled threat to Australian universities, a state-run Chinese newspaper has warned that their treatment of the country’s students is jeopardising billions of dollars in tuition fees. An editorial in the Global Times said Australian institutions were treating Chinese students as a “cash machine” while doing little to help them mix with locals, and…

China blasts Australia over foreign interference laws

China has reacted furiously to proposed foreign interference laws, accusing the Australian Government of making “irresponsible” comments which have hurt “political mutual trust”. The Turnbull Government yesterday unveiled the biggest overhaul of espionage and intelligence laws in decades amid growing concerns over international interference in Australia’s democracy. In a terse statement issued on Wednesday, the…

Dutton signs trade deal with China

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has signed a Mutual Recognition Arrangement with China, in a move aimed at boosting trade between the two countries. Mr Dutton and Minister of China Customs Yu Guangzhou signed the agreement in Canberra today, enabling the countries’ customs and border protection departments to recognise each other’s Authorized Economic Operator programs. Australia…

No place for anti-China thoughts, Chinese students taught to ‘snitch’

Chinese students taught to ‘snitch’ on politically incorrect lecturers The war being waged by Chinese international students against “politically incorrect” lecturers in Australia hasn’t emerged out of the blue. It has flowed out from China’s increasingly regimented education system. It has come from a cohesive approach pursued over the past five years by the Chinese…

Foreign ownership surcharge could turn buyers away, agents warn

Foreign investment surcharge could turn buyers away from South Australia, agents warn Real estate agents specialising in overseas investors have warned the South Australian Government the way a new levy on foreign investment in residential property is being applied will damage the state’s reputation as a good place to invest. Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis last week…