China is threatening to impose bans on up to $6 billion of key Australian exports such as wine, copper, barley, coal, sugar, timber and lobster beginning Friday, straining trade relations between the two countries.
Australian foreign minister Marise Payne confirms that Chinese-born Australian journalist Cheng Lei, an anchor for the China Global Television Network, a state-controlled media broadcaster, has been detained in Beijing under "residential surveillance" since August 14. The Chinese foreign ministry has not cited a rationale behind her detention.
In its annual report, Germany's domestic intelligence agency BfV warns consumers that personal data they provide to Chinese payment companies or other tech firms, such as Tencent, Alibaba and others, could end up in the hands of China's government.
Reports emerge of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation's discovery of classified Australian documents, related to Chinese intelligence activity abroad, in the Canberra home of a woman allegedly acting on behalf of the Communist Party of China.