Australia intel chair blocked from entry to China | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, November 17, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, November 17, 2019

Australia intel chair blocked from entry to China

Australia’s parliamentary intelligence committee head, who has previously criticised Beijing, said he had been blocked from entering China due to his “frankness about the Chinese Communist Party”.

Andrew Hastie warned several months ago that the world’s approach to containing China’s rise resembles the “catastrophic failure” to prevent the advance of Nazi Germany.

He said Australia’s sovereignty and freedoms could be threatened by Beijing -- much as France lost its territory to Germany at the beginning of World War II.

Hastie, along with fellow government politician James Paterson, had planned to travel to China for a study tour next month but both have been banned from entering the country.

“We regret the decision of the government of the People’s Republic of China... that at this time Mr Hastie and Senator Paterson are not welcome on a China Matters study tour to Beijing,” tour organiser China Matters said late Friday.

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