Australia’s ambassador to China was summoned to a gathering with Beijing officers final week amid strained ties between the nations.
Jan Adams met with overseas ministry officers on Friday, Australian media retailers reported.
It got here three days after Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull cited “disturbing stories of Chinese language affect” – amongst different causes – in saying a crackdown on overseas interference.
China has denied any such exercise.
Particulars of the diplomatic assembly should not recognized. The Australian newspaper reported that China’s ambassador to Australia, Cheng Jingye, additionally made official representations to a senior Canberra official on Monday.
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Final week, Mr Turnbull harassed that wide-ranging measures to stop exterior affect in political exercise weren’t geared toward one nation.
Nevertheless, Beijing criticised his reference to China and mentioned the feedback had broken belief between the nations.
“We’re strongly dissatisfied with these remarks and have lodged stern representations with the Australian facet,” International Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang mentioned on Friday.
China’s embassy in Canberra had individually accused Australian media retailers of fabricating “anti-China hysteria”.
Dialogue about attainable Chinese language affect on elements of Australian society has intensified in latest months.
On Monday, Australian Senator Sam Dastyari introduced he would resign following scrutiny over his relationship with a Chinese language businessman. Mr Dastyari denied ever violating his “parliamentary oath”.