China’s Xinhua Says Raids on Reporters in Australia ‘Appalling’

Australian raids on Chinese journalists living in that country were “imperious” and “utterly appalling,” and are damaging relations between the two nations, China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency said late Friday.

Australian authorities confiscated computers and phones in raids on four Chinese journalists’ homes, including that of a Xinhua employee, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Wednesday. The operation was conducted by Australian intelligence workers, Xinhua said.

Tensions have risen between the two countries over a series of diplomatic moves by Canberra that China interpreted as supporting the U.S. in the expanding trade and security dispute between Beijing and Washington.

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