Prosperity rests on ‘mature’ China relationship: WA Deputy Premier


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The WA Premier made specific criticisms of federal Liberal leader Peter Dutton and the Coalition’s defence spokesman, Andrew Hastie. Asked whether he held concerns over future investment from China in the state’s critical minerals industry, Mr Cook said Australia could hold different foreign policy positions to Beijing but needed to remember its economic success relied on maintaining a healthy relationship. “Of course you can have differences of opinion around foreign policy, and we all accept the geopolitical impacts of some of the activities both within China and elsewhere, but understanding that strong trade relationships are critical in terms of maintaining...