Foreign interference is a threat to the Australian way of life. The Chinese Communist Party has exerted influence so adroitly that university leaders either believe they are capable of taming the dragon or care more for foreign funds than the national interest.
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".
Australian universities hosting Chinese government-funded education centres have signed agreements explicitly stating they must comply with Beijing's decision-making authority over teaching at the facilities.