November 25, 2019 / 2:46 AM / 18 days ago

Australia PM says allegation of China interference disturbing

FILE PHOTO: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison reacts after attending the inauguration of Indonesia's President Joko Widodo for the second term, at the House of Representatives building in Jakarta, Indonesia, October 20, 2019. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday that allegations in a media report that China had tried to install an agent in a parliamentary seat in Canberra were “deeply disturbing and troubling”.

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, in a rare public statement, said it was already investigating the allegations reported by Channel 9 television.

“I find the allegations deeply disturbing and troubling,” Morrison said at a media conference, noting that ASIO’s investigation was ongoing.

Reporting by John Mair; Editing by Himani Sarkar

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