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International relations

China hits back as Australia alleges domestic meddling

Foreign infrastructure investment down under faces national security restrictions

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, called on Australia to take a friendlier outlook on China after meeting with counterpart Julie Bishop on Monday.   © Reuters

SYDNEY/BEIJING -- Sino-Australian relations have hit a low point as Beijing threatens to retaliate against Canberra's attempt to limit Chinese influence in domestic politics and infrastructure development.

Though China is Australia's biggest trading partner, public sentiment has turned against Beijing because of the perception of widespread Chinese influence in the political and business spheres.

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