Open for business, up to a point

While the Coalition government is working hard to encourage Chinese direct investment in Australian assets, these investments remains highly unpopular among Australians. Some common misperceptions need to be addressed.

Since Tony Abbott declared “Australia open for business” last October, the government has pushed hard to make Australia attractive to Chinese investors. Abbott, who markets himself as the “infrastructure Prime Minister” raised the prospect of China ­investing heavily in Australian ­infrastructure with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during his visit to China in April.

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