Australia considered foreign policy implications of move on Chinese journalists

Australia considered the foreign policy consequences of raiding the properties of Chinese journalists before counter-espionage agency ASIO undertook the operation.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Foreign Minister Marise Payne and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade were all aware of the ASIO operation before it took place. Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Prime Minister Scott Morrison considered the implications of ASIO raids on Chinese journalists.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen The four journalists left the country after being questioned by ASIO in June, while two Chinese academics have had their visas revoked on national security grounds.

ASIO believes the six Chinese citizens may have been […]


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