Australia is having limited success in countering Chinese political interference

Chinese flags fly high outside the Australian Parliament House in Canberra

Australia is having limited success in countering Chinese political interference, a US Congressional report has said, suggesting new joint military training bases could be set up across the Indo-Pacific to thwart Beijing.

Key points:

  • American politicians say China’s military assertiveness is prompting “mounting regional pushback”
  • The bipartisan committee said Australia’s crackdown on foreign interference had “mixed success”
  • They want Donald Trump to consider establishing new military training centres in the Indo-Pacific

In its annual report to Congress, the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission has outlined Beijing’s growing influence across the globe and delivered dozens of recommendations to the Trump administration.

The high-powered commission has found the Australian Government’s recent steps to “mitigate the risks of engagement with China”, including tightening foreign investment restrictions and cracking down on political interference, had “mixed success”.

“Australia wants to maintain positive economic ties with China, but is also wary of Beijing’s increasing regional assertiveness and outright interference in Australia’s political affairs,” the 500-page document concludes.


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