Pollsters had put Bill Shorten’s Labor Party in pole position. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Australia now needs to consider China a partner, not customer

  • Voters have swept the conservative Liberal-National coalition of Prime Minister Scott Morrison back into office, and the time has come for Canberra and Beijing to set aside differences and work towards a common goal

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Pollsters had put Bill Shorten’s Labor Party in pole position. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia and leader of the Liberal Party, delivers a victory speech accompanied by his family. Photo: EPA-EFE

Australian election: was the Labor Party’s loss a setback for China’s interests?

  • Chinese state-run media and commentators seemed interested in a victory for opposition party led by Bill Shorten, who saw Beijing’s rise as an ‘opportunity’
  • Although Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Liberal Party remains in power, experts say US-China tensions mean Canberra will soon have to decide between them
Topic |   Australia

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Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia and leader of the Liberal Party, delivers a victory speech accompanied by his family. Photo: EPA-EFE
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