Malcolm Turnbull faces fresh leak after calling China a ‘frenemy’

Malcolm Turnbull faces fresh leak after calling China a ‘frenemy’
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Malcolm Turnbull faces fresh leak after calling China a ‘frenemy’

MALCOLM Turnbull would have called China “frénemie” Australia at a public event in Sydney.
The report comes a day after the appearance of US President Donald Trump’s “off-the-record” mime appearance in Parliament’s assembly hall from noon to noon.

Mr. Turnbull commented on China at a public event in Sydney last October, Fairfax Media reported today.

It was revealed today amid growing concern about China’s influence on Australian politics and a series of tougher public comments by the prime minister on the Asian giant in recent weeks.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who is shown with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang would have called China “frénemie” Australia at a public event in Sydney. Image: AAP

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who is shown with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang would have called China “frénemie” Australia at a public event in Sydney. Image: AAPSource: AAP

The comment, which means that someone who seems to be out in favor despite the underlying rivalry to a scenario would not be observation made in a pre-dinner drink session.

“You mean our friend-foe,” said Mr. Turnbull when the issue of the militarization of Beijing’s artificial islands in the South China Sea rose in the event.
It is taken as another sign that the position of the Australian government in China is stronger.

The Office of the Prime Minister has not commented on its use of the word “friend-enemy”.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a game of the Australian Football Federation earlier this year.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a game of the Australian Football Federation earlier this year.

Last month, Mr. Turnbull used an important speech at the Shangri La Security Summit in Singapore to warn China against the intimidation of its smaller neighbors.

“A coercive China found its neighbors feel of applications that give up their autonomy and strategic space, and try to counter Beijing to strengthen alliances and partnerships between them and especially with the United States,” said M. Turnbull.

He also commented on the conflict in the South China Sea, saying: “Maintaining the rule of law in our region, respect for the sovereignty of nations large and small is the key to peace and continued stability.”

Malcolm Turnbull is also facing a backlash over his identity Donald Trump. Image: Kym Smith
Malcolm Turnbull is also facing a backlash over his identity Donald Trump. Image: Kym SmithSource: News Corp Australia

Meanwhile, Beijing has responded to recent reports of China’s influence on Australian politics with scorn.
Chinese Ambassador to Australia, Cheng Jingye, said yesterday that the report had been “made in the air.”

“I have heard these accusations more than once since I was assigned here – in Chinese, we call it cooked rice during the night, which means repeating the same things over and over,” said M. Cheng at a Business Council event Australia-China in Parliament.

Chinese Ambassador to Australia Cheng Jingye reacted angrily to statements about China’s influence on Australian politics.

Chinese Ambassador to Australia Cheng Jingye reacted angrily to statements about China’s influence on Australian politics.

“Perhaps the producers of the program believe that these baseless accusations can prove the truth after being repeated several times.

“Those who made these accusations really have an imagination that is wild and morbid.”