China’s veiled threat to Bill Shorten on extradition treaty

China’s veiled threat to Bill Shorten on extradition treaty, by Primrose Riordan.

Bill Shorten was issued a veiled warning from Beijing that Labor’s support in the Chinese community could be influenced if the ­party did not support an extradition treaty promoted by the communist government.

The indirect threats, made in meetings with the Opposition Leader, Richard Marles and Penny Wong, were seen by some within Labor as an example of the brazenness of Beijing’s attempts to use networks in Australia to influence policy decisions.