China's top newspaper has claimed Australian media is paranoid and racist when reporting on Chinese interference.
Earlier this year the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Fairfax Media reported that China was attempting to “infiltrate” Australian politics so that Chinese interests would be promoted.
The government in China has denied the allegations and the newspaper has also said the country has no intention of interfering in the politics of Australia.
The Communist Party’s People’s Daily claimed reports in Australia are "hysterical paranoia" and have "racist undertones, and [are] a stain on Australia’s image as a multicultural society."
It also stated the claims are utterly baseless, according to Reuters.
The author of the article was claimed to be “Zhong Sheng" but this name has the meaning of voice of China and is regularly used when the People's Daily discusses foreign issues.
Last week the Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, said he was dealing with "disturbing" allegations that the Communist Party in China had interfered in Australian politics.
He also claimed interference from foreign countries in both Australia and across the world is “unprecedented and increasingly sophisticated."
Last week a politician was demoted from government after it emerged that he warned a Communist Party member and businessman that his phone was being tapped by intelligence agencies.