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Australian PM rebuffs Chinese grievance list, US weighs in on rift

Nov 19, 2020 19:26 IST

Australia will not bow to pressure from China, Prime Minister Scott Morrison insisted on Thursday after Beijing released a list of complaints about the country. A Chinese official gave a dossier to Australian media containing 14 grievances. Among the complaints are Australia's strict foreign interference laws, the country's ban on Huawei's involvement in its 5G network and decisions that blocked Chinese investment projects on "national security grounds". Morrison said this will not stop Australia from setting ‘its own rules according to its national interest’. The US weighed in on the diplomatic rift saying ‘Beijing is upset as Australia took steps to expose and thwart Chinese espionage & to protect Aussie sovereignty’.

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