Mixed Chinese messages

Unless Australia clearly articulates its security and 'national interest' requirements for foreign investment, wary Chinese investors could abandon vital projects.

Over the years, Australia has experienced a number of challenges in dealing with foreign investors, both from Western nations (including the UK and US) and Asia (including Japan). But any issues have ultimately worked their way through the system – in large part because these nations were, and continue to be, significant trading partners and, importantly, close security allies.

But what if the nation is the former, but not necessarily the latter? In other words, China.


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