Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke. Photo: SCMP

Late former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke noted for role in forging closer ties between Beijing and Canberra

  • Hawke, a former trade union leader who served as premier from 1983 to 1991, ‘died peacefully at home’, his wife said
  • He was noted for his close relationship with the Chinese government during his leadership
Topic |   Australia

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Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke. Photo: SCMP
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Many Mandarin-speakers in Australia expected to receive most of their information about the parties’ policies via WeChat. Photo: Bloomberg

Fears of China and WeChat as Australia heads to the polls

  • As Australia goes to polls and main political parties woo ethnic Chinese voters, concerns are growing over Beijing’s influence on local Chinese-language media
  • More than half the country’s Mandarin speakers get their election information from WeChat, which has become the focus of campaign controversy in recent weeks
Topic |   China-Australia relations

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Many Mandarin-speakers in Australia expected to receive most of their information about the parties’ policies via WeChat. Photo: Bloomberg
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