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Australia China blocks Liberal MPs Andrew Hastie and James Paterson from Beijing study trip

12:01  15 november  2019
12:01  15 november  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

Australia's states are growing closer to China as the federal relationship remains strained

  Australia's states are growing closer to China as the federal relationship remains strained A huge and deepening economic dependence of Australia's states on China is seeing them grow increasingly apart from a Federal Government that views our major trading partner with suspicion.Industry leaders, dignitaries and diplomats have been invited by the WA chapter of the Australia China Business Council to toast China's National Day.

China denounces Liberal MP Andrew Hastie 's Nazi Germany analogy. A guiding principle of these study tours has been that one publicly shares one’s study tour experiences upon return Hastie and Paterson have both been publicly critical about the Chinese regime, flagging human rights abuses

Andrew William Hastie (born 30 September 1982) is an Australian politician who serves as Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security and as the Federal MP for Canning

Two Australian Government politicians have been denied entry to China.

James Paterson wearing a suit and tie looking at the camera: Andrew Hastie (L) and James Paterson were told they were not welcome on a China Matters study tour to Beijing. (ABC News)© Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Andrew Hastie (L) and James Paterson were told they were not welcome on a China Matters study tour to Beijing. (ABC News) Liberal MP Andrew Hastie and Liberal Senator James Paterson were due to take part in a study tour to Beijing next month.

But their visas have been knocked back — a move they say is politically motivated.

In a statement, the group organising the study tour, China Matters, said it received the news this morning.

"We regret the decision of the government of the People's Republic of China, conveyed to China Matters via the PRC Embassy in Canberra, that at this time Mr Hastie and Senator Paterson are not welcome on a China Matters study tour to Beijing."

'Stupid', 'ridiculous', 'absolute deads--t': WA government doubles down in war of words with Hastie

  'Stupid', 'ridiculous', 'absolute deads--t': WA government doubles down in war of words with Hastie The WA Premier's strategic adviser was forced to delete a tweet referring to Liberal MP Andrew Hastie as an "absolute deads--t" as a war of words in the west showed no sign of abating.The dispute erupted following an ABC interview in which Mr McGowan refused to level any criticism at China's authoritarian regime and criticised Mr Hastie's remarks likening the west's handling of Beijing's ambitions to Allied miscalculations in the defence of Western Europe during World War II.

MPs and senators should receive foreign affairs and national intelligence briefings about China to remedy the government’s failure to discuss Australia’s Last week the Liberal chair of the intelligence and security committee, Andrew Hastie , warned the belief that China will liberalise leaves the West

Four Liberal MPs have warned that the Chinese Communist Party holds too much influence over Australian universities, adding their Credit: James Brickwood. Queensland senator Amanda Stoker, freshman Sydney MP Dave Sharma, and Victorian backbenchers Tim Wilson and James Paterson

Senator Paterson says he believed the reason his application was rejected was due to his recent criticisms of Beijing.

"I believe it's because both Andrew and I have been publicly critical of the Chinese Communist Party, particularly when it comes to issues of human rights," he said.

"Whether that's relating to Hong Kong or the Uighur people in Xinjiang or the Australian citizen Dr Yang Hengjun who's detained at the moment on what we believe are spurious grounds."

Mr Paterson said he had intended to engage with China in good faith.

"It's a very disappointing decision because I think even when nations have differences over values that there's still an opportunity for dialogue and it's still healthy to have a better understanding of each other," he said.

"We've now been denied that opportunity and I think that's a shame."

China wants to take over: former ASIO boss .
Former ASIO boss Duncan Lewis has reportedly said he believes China is seeking to take over Australia's political system.Anyone in political office could be a target, the former spy chief told the political journal Quarterly Essay in an interview to be published next week.

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