China Warns Australia on Criticism After Minister's Barbs
Added 10-12-19 02:04:02am EST - “(Bloomberg) -- China has warned that criticisms leveled at the nation's government by Australia's Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton risk damage to ties between the key trading partners.Dutton's assertion that the Communist Party…” - Finance.yahoo.com
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(Bloomberg) -- China has warned that criticisms leveled at the nation’s government by Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton risk damage to ties between the key trading partners.
Dutton’s assertion that the Communist Party of China’s policies are inconsistent with Australia’s values, and other comments on risks of cyber attacks and theft of intellectual property are “shocking and baseless,” China’s Australian embassy said in a statement posted on its website.
“We strongly condemn his malicious slur on the Communist Party of China, which constitutes an outright provocation to the Chinese people,” the embassy said in the statement. “Such ridiculous rhetoric severely harms the mutual trust between China and Australia and betrays the common interests of the two peoples.”
Dutton, who lost out to Prime Minister Scott Morrison in a 2018 contest for the leadership of the Liberal Party, said Friday that Australia plans to be more vocal in publicly criticizing perceived hostile actions by China’s government. Morrison said Saturday that the remarks shouldn’t be “over-analyzed” and pledged the relationship would remain positive despite differences between the nations.
“We have a very important trading relationship with China,” Dutton told reporters in Canberra. “But we’re not going to allow university students to be unduly influenced, we’re not going to allow theft of intellectual property and we’re not going to allow our government bodies or non-government bodies to be hacked into.”
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