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China scolds Australia over plan to ban foreign interference

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — China scolded Australia on Wednesday over its plan to ban foreign interference in politics — either through espionage or financial donations — in a move motivated largely by Russia’s alleged involvement in last year’s U.S. election and China’s growing influence on the global political landscape. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said this week that foreign interference in politics would be outlawed under updated treason and espionage laws. The announcement comes as a U.S. investigation into alleged election meddling by Russia continues and follows concerns…