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Asia Insight

Australia becomes Exhibit A for countering China's influence

As Canberra weighs blocking Huawei's 5G bid, other governments watch and learn

FUMI MATSUMOTO, Nikkei staff writer | Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands

SYDNEY -- It is, perhaps, the question of the 21st century. How can countries foster mutually beneficial relations with an increasingly powerful China, without bowing to Beijing's coercion?

The question looms largest in Australia. China is the country's No. 1 trading partner, but Canberra is pushing back hard against alleged Chinese political interference and investments in sensitive infrastructure. Other countries are watching to see what blowback Australia encounters.

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