On April 30, Reuters reported that Australia’s prime minister Scott Morrison pointed out China’s interference in its foreign politics. After Australia’s home affairs minister claimed Beijing’s recent security arrangement disclosure in the Solomon Islands is to influence the upcoming election.
Morrison replied to Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews’ radio statement that the timing of China’s recent Solomons agreement was a kind of foreign meddling in Australia’s election.
Morrison told reporters in Tasmania, “There is form on foreign interference in Australia. We are very aware of the influence the Chinese government seeks to have in this country.”
China has stated that the treaty is not directed at any other party and has asked Australia to “respect the sovereign and independent choices made by China and the Solomons.”
The Guardian reported on April 28 that Australia’s foreign minister, Marise Payne, also denounced the “secret” provisions of China’s security agreement with the Solomon Islands.