China and Australia Relations
I was counting down the days before we could leave China for good. This wasn't the way I wanted it to end my posting, leaving behind one the world's biggest stories and many good Chinese friends.
Sky News host Andrew Bolt says what China is undertaking against Australia are "like acts of war" by trying to steal information and spy on citizens.
A Chinese company with links to Beijing's military and intelligence networks has been amassing a vast database of detailed personal information on thousands of Australians, including prominent and influential figures.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he has a “serious concern” over the safety of children on social media after a “disgraceful” video went viral this week on TikTok.
Australia revokes Chinese scholar visas and targets media officials, prompting furious China response
Senior Chinese media officials in Australia have been targeted and the visas of two leading Chinese scholars have been revoked in an unprecedented foreign interference investigation into a NSW political staffer, provoking a furious response from the Chinese Government.
After five years of reporting for the ABC in Beijing and seven years in the city in total, I felt nothing but deep disappointment and sadness that it was ending this way.
Two Australian journalists working in China have arrived in Sydney after a diplomatic stand-off in which police demanded interviews with both reporters.
Cheng Lei, Australian anchor for China’s government-run English news channel CGTN, detained in Beijing
A high-profile Australian television anchor for the Chinese Government's English news channel, CGTN, has been detained in Beijing in a highly sensitive case posing a fresh challenge to Australia-China relations.
"Understanding China is so important to Australia's future, but it also helps you to develop as a person, you're not just studying a language, you're learning to look at the world in a different way."
Victorian deal with China could be scrapped by Federal Government’s proposed new foreign relations...
Victoria's controversial trade deal with Beijing may be scrapped by Australia's Foreign Minister, using new powers being proposed by the Federal Government.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has welcomed Lion's decision to abandon the sale of its $600 million dairy and drinks business to China Mengniu Dairy after it was told it was unlikely to win approval from Australian regulators.
Sky News host Sharri Markson says the Chinese government is recruiting Australian scientists and academics to a secretive research program called the Thousand Talents...
The federal government is prepared to fight Beijing at the World Trade Organisation after the Chinese Ministry of Commerce launched an anti-dumping investigation into Australian wine.
China's Ministry of Commerce announced Monday it has launched an anti-dumping investigation into Australian wine exports.
As tensions rise between Australia and its largest trading partner, China, the former asks whether it can really afford to sever economic ties.
Chinese state media says Australia’s coronavirus crisis is “deteriorating fast” in a scathing attack piece on Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Chinese students in Australia are scared of speaking out about Hong Kong as the Chinese Communist Party ramps up new online portals for reporting dissent and UNSW is engulfed in controversy over academic freedom.
Federal MPs have condemned the University of NSW for deleting social media posts about human rights in Hong Kong following an online backlash from Chinese nationalists.
The Chinese embassy has angrily reacted to a joint Australia-US statement criticising the regime’s actions in the South China Sea and elsewhere, warning “any attempt to pressure China will never succeed”.
New Zealand has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and made a number of other changes in light of China's decision to pass a national security law for Hong Kong, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said on Tuesday (Jul 28).
The Australian government has announced a major shift to its regional policy. Will the United States notice in time?
Five Australian warships are conducting military exercises in the Philippine Sea alongside the American and Japanese navies, amid simmering regional security tensions with China.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said global institutions trying to deal with an aggressive China are no longer fit for purpose, in part because Australia does not have a leading role in many of them.
Malcolm Turnbull has rebuked Australian business chiefs and academics for criticising the Australian government over the state of the relationship with Beijing, saying such reactions would only “encourage more bullying from China”.
We've heard in recent years that Chinese spying and hacking in Australia is so rife that it's overwhelming our own intelligence agencies. The federal government in 2018 even introduced new laws to try to limit Chinese spying and interference.
Mr Morrison announced his Government would offer safe haven to many Hong Kong students and graduates already living in Australia.
The Morrison government is making it clear that because Beijing is the enemy, national security will now take priority over trade.
Australians living in and travelling to China may be arbitrarily detained, the Department of Foreign Affairs has warned as the relationship between the two countries deteriorates.
It might seem like diplomatic hot air, but a recent war of words between China and Australia hints at a wider plan that should have us all worried.
One of China’s most senior diplomats in Australia is being investigated by police in Brisbane for allegedly inciting threats against a uni student.
The Australian Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth is inquiring into the 2018-19 annual reports of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), to understand the need for Australia to diversify its trade markets and foreign investment profile.
Federal government agencies reportedly believe China is behind large-scale cyber attacks on Australia.
Australia’s foreign minister has accused China of spreading disinformation that “contributes to a climate of fear and division” while declaring Canberra would take a more active role in global bodies.
It's this personal history that is driving Mr Wang's current research, which is looking at the impact of Tiananmen Square on Australian migration policy and the massacre's influence on the perceptions of Chinese people in Australia.
The controversial Belt and Road Initiative has been in the news over the past seven days, but what exactly is it and how does it affect Australia? Victorian premier Daniel Andrews says his state’s proposed deal with China will bring much needed jobs and new infrastructure to the state.
Trade and Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham has slammed the Chinese government for instructing citizens not to visit Australia due to increasing racism as "having no basis in fact".
The new comprehensive strategic partnership is Australia's fourth, following agreements with China, Singapore and Indonesia.
Australia is set to introduce tough new rules regarding foreign takeovers that could enrage China at an already tense time for relations.
Glamorous Chinese businesswoman who boasted about her influence on Australian politicians hails Xi Jinping...
Jean Dong, 33, is emerging as a key player in the unfolding political stoush; She has praised Chinese president Xi Jinping for his handling of COVID-19; She is the chief executive of Australia-China Belt and Road Initiative company .
Sky News host Peta Credlin says at a time when China is "attacking the livelihoods" of Victoria's barley farmers and sabotaging the national economy the state is "cuddling up to China in the hope of getting access to cheap money".
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unleashed a blistering verbal assault against the Chinese Communist Party, slamming its decision to target Australia with barley tariffs for the "simple act" of asking for an independent probe into the origins of the coronavirus.
China has imposed a massive 80 per cent tariff on Australian barley imports from today, saying the product has been imported against trade rules. The...
Australia has secured the support of the European Union's top foreign minister for an independent inquiry into the coronavirus, despite significant economic and diplomatic...
China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman, Zhao Lijian, said on Tuesday night that the restrictions on Australian beef exporters were due to violations of quarantine and custom standards. Mr Zhao criticised Australia’s pursuit of the coronavirus inquiry for "political reasons".
New Zealand’s foreign minister has said the country has to stand up for itself after China warned its call for Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Organization (WHO) could damage bilateral ties.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has told billionaire Andrew Forrest to stay away from foreign affairs and stop spreading misinformation about the origins of the coronavirus.
Australia has been described as “gum stuck to the bottom of China’s shoe,” by a Chinese state media editor as Beijing criticised calls for an inquiry into the coronavirus origin as “political manoeuvring,” further straining ties.
Former speaker of the house Bronwyn Bishop says as Virgin Australia struggles to keep afloat, "we have got to stop selling Australian companies to Chinese communist backed corporations".
The Chinese embassy in Canberra has accused Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton of being a mouthpiece for the United States, in a withering criticism describing calls by Australian politicians for greater scrutiny of China's handling of the coronavirus crisis as "pitiful".
Prominent Liberal MP Andrew Hastie is calling for a "push back" against the activities of China in Australia as the coronavirus pandemic exposes the costs of "relying too heavily on an authoritarian regime" for our prosperity and economic security.
Australia may succeed in eliminating the coronavirus despite not introducing a full lockdown, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says.
Scott Morrison has offered a prayer for the national cabinet to stay “strong and united” and committed the Australian nation to God during times of “great need and suffering” as it responds to Covid-19.
Australians aged over 70 have been urged to remain at home and all outdoor gatherings will be restricted to just two people, as Prime...
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday declared a “human biosecurity emergency” and said the country’s citizens should abandon all overseas travel because of the coronavirus epidemic that he warned could last at least six months.
Queensland senator Susan McDonald has tested positive for Covid-19; the 2020 AFL season will last only 17 rounds; and NSW health minister warns of an ‘exponential’ rise in cases.
New Zealand on Saturday announced the world’s tightest border controls to combat the spread of coronavirus, requiring all incoming travellers, including its own citizens, to self-isolate for two weeks starting midnight Sunday.
A senior member of the Australian government, home affairs minister Peter Dutton, has tested positive for coronavirus, he said on Friday.
The Football Federation of Australia has confirmed that A-League and W-League matches will go ahead as normal this weekend, bucking the trend for other sporting events, like the Australia v New Zealand ODI, which is playing to an empty stadium tonight.
The man is the first Canberra resident to contract COVID-19, despite an attendee to an university conference and an Australian Defence Force (ADF) member who visited Canberra in late February already testing positive to coronavirus.
Tom Hanks says he has contracted coronavirus. The actor confirmed on Instagram and Twitter Wednesday that he and wife Rita Wilson, both 63, tested positive for COVID-19 in Australia after feeling ill.
Modelling in Australia has predicted a worst-case scenario where millions inside the country could become infected with Covid-19, as China’s death toll passed 3,000.
Australian universities have allowed some students from mainland China to circumvent travel restrictions and return to study. But critics say that practice may inevitably import the infectious coronavirus to local campuses.
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The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Australia has risen to 38 on Tuesday, up from 33 with four new cases in NSW and one in QLD.
For more than five months, bushfires blazed and smoldered along the southeast coast of Australia, burning millions of acres, destroying thousands of homes, devastating wildlife and shrouding cities in smoke.
Australian tourism bosses have warned that hotels could be forced out of business if the coronavirus outbreak continues to severely restrict visitor numbers.
Australia’s chief medical officer said on Monday it was no longer possible to completely prevent people with the coronavirus from entering the country, citing concerns about outbreaks in Japan and South Korea.
New Zealanders are being urged to remain calm after the first case of coronavirus was confirmed here — despite public health officials saying more cases are highly likely.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday there was every sign the world is about to be gripped by a pandemic of coronavirus,...
For 30 years Australia has enjoyed an economic boom thanks to investments from and exports to China, but the benefits from mutual trade have...
‘Selling out our national dignity’: Neil Mitchell slams Australian coronavirus response for bowing to...
Neil Mitchell has slammed the Australian response to the coronavirus outbreak, criticising our governments, universities and an elite Melbourne school for “bowing” to China.
One of Australia’s leading universities said on Friday it is offering Chinese students A$1,500 ($992) if they travel through a third country as higher...
The Australian government has extended its ban on international arrivals who have travelled through China for a fourth week due to the novel coronavirus crisis, despite the increasing pressure on the economy and the start of the university year.
A leading currency analyst has warned that the potential impact of the Wuhan coronavirus on the world economy has been understated, with Australia among...
A ban on non-citizens travelling from or through China is leading to chaos in Australia’s university sector.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia will deny entry to all foreign nationals traveling from mainland China from Saturday due to the increasing threat from the coronavirus epidemic.
Scientists in Australia have become the first to recreate the new coronavirus outside of China in what they have called a "significant breakthrough". The discovery...
The Chinese government is seeking to unify Taiwan with the mainland despite overwhelming opposition to reunification among Taiwanese citizens, and Chinese influence in Taiwan has become a key political issue.
Senator Lambie said governments on both sides of politics allowed Australia to become too economically dependent on China.
The Chinese dairy company Mengniu which earlier agreed to pay $1.5 billion to purchase organic baby formula maker Bellamy’s Australia has gone a step further in taking over the Lion Dairy and Drinks portfolio.
The people of Hong Kong are waging a desperate, last-gasp effort to keep their liberties. Australia should heed their lesson and stand up now.
Prime minister Scott Morrison says Australia is “not naive” to the threat of foreign interference amid explosive claims that the Chinese communist party wanted to infiltrate Australia’s parliament.
Government investigating ‘disturbing’ reports of Beijing espionage activities after spy details activities
Government agencies are examining claims of espionage amid reports a Chinese spy has sought political asylum in Australia after revealing details of Beijing's spy activities.
The retired Asio chief Duncan Lewis has reportedly warned that the Chinese government is seeking to use “insidious” foreign interference operations to “take over” Australia’s political system.
Many of the richest Chinese, who can command every luxury and privilege at home, nonetheless prefer to live in Australia. We are the number one choice for rich Chinese looking to migrate, ahead of the US, Canada and Switzerland. This is a more telling indicator than any amount of nationalist chest-puffing and official propaganda.
Australia and China established a human rights dialogue between high-ranking officials in 1997 and held 15 meetings, the last of which was in 2014.
Liberal MP Andrew Hastie has refused to apologise for criticising China after being told he would need to “repent” to visit the country.
West Australian MP Andrew Hastie and Victorian Senator James Paterson were due to take part in a study tour to Beijing next month.
Bellamy's is the fourth-largest baby formula producer in Australia. The Treasurer has approved the sale with conditions, including investment in Australian facilities
It is a warm spring night and Government House in Perth is illuminated with a red, China themed glow.
Prime Minister Morrison arrived in Bangkok ahead of the East Asia Summit. China denied there has been a "historical feud" between Canberra and Beijing
Scott Morrison has once again condemned China’s mass detention and surveillance of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang, after copping backlash from Beijing.
Foreign affairs minister says it’s in Australia’s interest to speak out against abuses of power, such as the treatment of Uighur in Xinjiang
China's restrictions on Australian coal are expected to remain in place into next year as Beijing seeks to moderate a spike in foreign imports of the commodity to protect domestic supply.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has signed a new agreement to work with China as part of its controversial belt and road initiative.
But Ms Wumaier has been repeatedly taken in for questioning by Chinese police and is being closely monitored.
Huang Xiangmo, linked in the past to a row about the promotion of Chinese interests in Australia, had a citizenship application rejected and lost his rights to residency in February.
Scott Morrison seized the opportunity of his Jakarta weekend visit for Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s inauguration to obtain a meeting with Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan.
Leading Australian universities have research collaborations with Chinese companies that have been blacklisted by the US.
Chinese use state-owned enterprises, local tech companies and foreign partnerships, ASPI report says
Canavan noted the government had expressed concerns about the arrest and treatment of Australian citizens in China, their lack of access to legal representation, and treatment of Uighurs in China.
The home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, has launched a wide-ranging attack on the Chinese Communist party, accusing it of engineering a series of cyber-attacks on...
Immigration Minister David Coleman and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg agreed that in many cases China's values were inconsistent with Australia's.
Foreign Minister Marise Payne has warned Hong Kong's government it "risks inflaming a delicate and sensitive situation" by using emergency laws for the first time in 50 years as thousands of protesters defy orders and return to the streets.
‘Delicate moment’: was Scott Morrison’s Lowy speech a pivot towards Trumpism? The PM has taken a barely veiled swipe at the United Nations and the international institutions Australia previously championed
A Victorian police station has been slammed for “honouring a police state” by flying the flag of the Chinese Communist regime.
Australia has in recent years intensified efforts to address China’s growing influence in Australia, policies that have seen trade with China suffer.
Labor has targeted Scott Morrison over the credentials of Chinese-born MP Gladys Liu, asking what steps he had taken to ensure she was a “fit...
Millions of Hong Kongers believe those goals are worth fighting for. A test will come soon enough when Australian politicians must decide whether to help.
High-profile student protesters from Hong Kong have arrived in Australia for meetings in Melbourne and Canberra, as demonstrations across the Asian city continue into their third month.
NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said she supported the department's decision to end the Confucius Institute program.
Scott Morrison never mentioned China by name, but one word in his speech last night revealed what he really thinks about the superpower.
Scott Morrison is clear-eyed about the challenge and opportunities for Australia in China's astonishing rise — in mineral resources, its education, investment and research cooperation.
Four MPs have voiced concerns about the influence the Chinese government has at Aussie unis, following a tense clash between protesters on Friday.
Finding a way to get the China relationship right and not being afraid to talk about the risks in the relationship as well as...
The head of parliament’s powerful intelligence committee has made explosive comments about China’s growing power and ambition.
The deputy chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade has called for Australia to buy back control of Darwin's port.
Mike Pompeo urges Australia to stand up for itself over trade with China US secretary of state dismisses warning by top security analyst, arguing ‘you can sell your soul for a pile of soy beans or you can protect your people’
The progress of repairing China-Australia ties, strained over Canberra’s concerns about Chinese influence in its domestic affairs, has been “unsatisfactory”, said China’s top diplomat Wang Yi after meeting his Australian counterpart.
China is Australia’s largest trading partner and a paper released this week highlighted the scary scenario that we could face if its economy nosedived.
Multiple sources have also confirmed that prior to the arrests, Crown told its Chinese staff to falsely claim to Chinese authorities they were not working for Crown in China but were working in other locations.
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