Beijing has angrily denied allegations its ruling Communist Party has been covertly meddling in Australian affairs. Photo: Handout

China wants to ‘take over’ Australian politics, former spy chief warns

  • Duncan Lewis tells newspaper ‘any person in political office is potentially a target’ for espionage and foreign interference
  • He cited incidents of Chinese agents making large contributions to Australian political parties as part of a wide-ranging influence-peddling campaign
Topic |   China-Australia relations

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Beijing has angrily denied allegations its ruling Communist Party has been covertly meddling in Australian affairs. Photo: Handout
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Media and security agencies have left Australia ill-prepared to adapt to China’s growing influence, Keating says. Photo: Alamy

Australian ‘phobia’ of China’s rise has left it vulnerable, former PM Paul Keating warns

  • Paul Keating, who served as prime minister from 1991-96, was a fierce advocate of greater Australian engagement throughout Asia
  • He warned that media and security agencies have contributed to an irrational fear of China that has left Australia too reliant on the US
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Media and security agencies have left Australia ill-prepared to adapt to China’s growing influence, Keating says. Photo: Alamy
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