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Sam Roggeveen


21 August 2009 10:27

Ummm, I don't think Opposition frontbencher Christopher Pyne has really thought this through. He says Chinese attempts to interfere in the Melbourne Film Festival and the proceedings of the National Press Club are a result of:

...the familiarity that this Government believed that it had with China and perhaps the longstanding relationships that had been built up with ministers who were former shadow ministers and with the prime minister who was a former leader of the opposition, who have spent a great deal of time in China with Chinese business people and with the Chinese government.

I look forward to Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull issuing a statement saying that all Opposition members are hereby banned from travel to China and from meeting with Chinese business people and government officials. That should make for wonderfully enlightened policy when (if) the Liberals return to government.

Elsewhere in the interview, Pyne refers to China as a 'totalitarian regime', so clearly familiarity with the Chinese government is not a problem for him.