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China interfered in Australian politics -- secret probe

Investigation ordered by Turnbull revealed decade-long infiltration campaign

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, center, welcomes Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to Beijing in 2016. Accusations of espionage and political meddling have brought ties to their "lowest level."   © Getty Images

MELBOURNE -- A secret Australian investigation uncovered a campaign by China to infiltrate the country's major political parties, a news outlet has reported, in the latest allegation of Chinese interference likely to strain relations between the trading partners.

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