China’s consul general said stories of Chinese influence in Australia were ‘fabricated’

Australia’s attorney general, Christian Porter, has defended the nation’s media against accusations from a Chinese diplomat that it “fabricates stories”, as the government’s plan to crack down on foreign interference in domestic politics looks set to pass the parliament later this month.

In an opinion piece published in the West Australian on Thursday, China’s Perth based consul general, Lei Kezhong, accused the Australian media of repeatedly making up stories about Beijing’s attempts to influence Australian politics.

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