There is a worrying growth in the influence of the Chinese Communist Party in the Australian body politic, according to Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi.
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America's NPR reports, Beijing is mounting an aggressive influence campaign targeting multiple levels of western society, according to a report published this week that is written by some of the top China experts in the U.S.
The working group that compiled the report includes scholars who for decades have agreed that as long as the U.S. continued to engage the People's Republic of China, the paths of both countries would eventually converge and that when they did, China's political system would become more transparent and its society more open.
However, as China's economy climbed to unprecedented heights, President Xi Jinping has consolidated power, and in the eyes of the report's authors, the idea of convergence has been put to rest.
Senator Bernardi has told Tom Connell on Sky News, he doesn't feel that a national integrity commission will be able to uncover that influence, rather a royal commission is needed.
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