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Turnbull: Tension grows in Chinese-Australian relationship

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The Prime Minister has admitted there is growing tensions in the relationship between Australia and China following the introduction of new laws.

Neil Mitchell this morning asked the PM if it was correct that some government ministers had been refused visas to China.

“I wouldn’t go that far, there’s obviously been, clearly been some tension in the relationship following the introduction of our legislation about foreign interference,” the PM said.

“There have clearly been some misunderstandings and mischaracterisations of our foreign interference legislation by Chinese media.

“There is certainly some tension that has risen in China about our foreign interference laws but it is very important that the Australian government assures only Australians are influencing our political processes.”

Foreign government ministers need a formal government invitation to visit China, it’s believed a number of ministers have had their requests to visit refused.

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