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Scott Morrison plays down stoush between Dutton, China

Scott Morrison has tried to play down a stoush between his home affairs minister and China, saying their comments simply reflect the differences between the two countries, but there is also much that they share in common.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton drew the wrath of the Chinese Embassy on Friday after saying the policies of the Communist Party of China were inconsistent with those of Australia.

Peter Dutton's comments have been labelled "irrational", "shocking" and "baseless" by the Chinese embassy.

Peter Dutton’s comments have been labelled “irrational”, “shocking” and “baseless” by the Chinese embassy.

While Mr Dutton acknowledged the important trading relationship between the two countries, he said Australia was not going to allow the theft of intellectual property, the hacking of government or non-government organisations, or university students to be unduly influenced by China.

The Chinese embassy in Australia rejected Mr Dutton’s comments, calling them “irrational”, “shocking” and “baseless”.

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