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Nearly 90 percent of Australians do not trust China, a leading Australian think tank expert revealed in a foreign policy speech.

Michael Fullilove AM, the executive director of the Lowy Institute, spoke at the National Press Club on June 22 about the foreign policy and security challenges facing Australia’s new government.

Fullilove shared in his speech the results of a 2022 poll to be released next week by the Institute, which found that only one in ten Australians trust China.

“Only 12 percent of Australians trust China, which is dip of 40 points from four years ago when just over half of Australians, 52 percent, trusted China,” he said.

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“While nine in 10 Australians believe our alliance with the United States is important to our security, only one in 10 Australians trust China.”

Fullilove attributed Australians’ loss of trust in China to the communist country’s change, that the federal government is dealing with a “different China.”

“Its foreign policies have hardened and its willingness to accept criticism has disappeared,” he said.

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Meanwhile, more Australians believe Beijing will pose a military threat to Australia.

“Nearly half of Australians think it’s likely that China will be a military threat to Australia in the next 20 years, which is up seven points on last year,” Fullilove said.

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