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Australia pushes back on Beijing's alleged influence-buying drive

Canberra strips Chinese billionaire of residency in first test of security law

The Australian government passed a law in November last year banning foreign nationals from making political donations amid accusations that Chinese living in Australia were trying to sway its policy.   © Reuters

SYDNEY -- Australia has revoked the permanent residency of a Chinese billionaire living in Sydney, and rejected his application for citizenship for allegedly meddling in domestic politics, in what would be the first test of a newly amended security law.

Local media reported that real estate mogul Huang Xiangmo is believed to have links to the Chinese Communist Party and to have made massive donations to Australian politicians to sway policies in favor of Beijing. Canberra's decision is a sign of growing wariness of China's attempts to expand its influence over the country.

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