China summons Australian envoy over political meddling allegations

SYDNEY (Reuters) - China summoned Australia’s ambassador to lodge a complaint last week over Canberra’s allegation that Beijing had sought to interfere in Australian politics, a source familiar with the diplomatic action told Reuters on Thursday. Relations between Australia and China became strained in recent weeks after Canberra said it would ban foreign political donations as part of a crackdown aimed at preventing external influence in domestic politics, sharpening the focus on China’s sof...