Tensions between Australia and China have “escalated further”

Sky News host Chris Kenny says the Chinese issue “got even worse this afternoon” after it was revealed that Deputy Labor Leader Richard Marles held secret meetings with Chinese officials. It comes when Defense Minister Peter Dutton said there were Chinese warships off the coast of Western Australia and they were heading for Darwin. “The timing of today’s revelation is delicate, just 8 days before the elections, and with Labor under pressure to oppose China,” Kenny said. He said the incident was “presumably linked to Chinese efforts to monitor military exercises between Australia and allies off Queensland” and more will be known in the coming days. Mr. Kenny said before Mr. Dutton disclosed the spy ship’s presence, the focus was on Mr. Marles’ secret meetings with the Chinese who “tried to laugh at the matter.” “Remember, Marles would have been appointed defense minister or foreign minister if Labor wins the government,” he said.