Australia Vows to Counter China's Alleged Meddling

Silencing anyone in Australian society was an affront to our values, Ms Adamson told a Chinese government-funded academic institution. "And today, and every day, the Australian people stand up and assert their sovereignty in our nation, with our parliament and with our laws".

Wang also says tens of thousands of Chinese students in Australia set up shop as a "daigou" - or someone who buys luxury goods on behalf of people back in China - to help pay their university fees.

'Chinese students grew up under the educational and cultural system ruled by the Communist Party.

However, the report said Australian security officials are concerned about individuals at both state and federal levels of politics.

Australia's third-largest export is global education, which is heavily reliant on Chinese students.

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"In Australia, it seems there's no limitation at all, the Chinese do it publicly", Chen said. Australian law has never distinguished between donors from Australia and overseas. "They are braver than their activity in the USA".

The Prime Minister used unusually sharp language to reject China's complaint against him, after he raised concerns this week about Communist Party influence in domestic politics.

Geng Shuang¸ the Chinese foreign ministry's spokesman, said he was shocked by Mr. Turnbull citing "biased" media reports about the Communist Party's interference.

"They are trying to intimidate us and what we have to understand is the reports of Chinese infiltration and attempts to maneuver and manipulate Australian politics and Australian political debate are legitimate", Dr. Davis said.

'That they politically support the Chinese government does not equate them to being spies'.

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The prime minister has squarely put the blame for any diplomatic tension back on Labor Senator Sam Dastyari, questioning Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's decision to allow him to stay in the Labor Party.

The federal government has called on Dastyari to resign because he allegedly warned Chinese Communist Party-linked Huang Xiangmo that his phone was likely being tapped by intelligence services, including those of the US government.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop had earlier called for Dastyari to quit Parliament after a tape emerged showing the Senator speaking out in defense of China's policy in the South China Sea previous year, which essentially contradicted official ALP policy.

'China has no intention to interfere in Australia's internal affairs or exert influence on its political process through political donations, ' the statement read. Share it on Facebook and you will help keep them up to date and help us earn the ad revenue we need to keep reporting.

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