Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended his government’s strong stance on China and says he is committed to protecting Australia’s sovereign interests.
“The tensions we’re currently facing, the challenge we’re facing … over many years now and the suggestion it’s any one item, I don’t accept that and the wise analysts on this have got the same view,” he said.
“What we’re doing is ensuring that we maintain our ground as a country, on our sovereign interests, that we stand up for Australia and our values and how we want to live our lives.”
The prime minister’s comments follow those of Foreign Minister Marise Payne who criticised the practice of trying to “buy influence” with other countries.
“Our focus and our ability to solve practical problems stem from our understanding that these efforts create regional and global stability”.
“Not because by doing so we expect to achieve targeted influence in individual countries pick of as notches on our belts.”
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