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I read with great intrigue the espionage case against Australian miners in China, and wondered why Australia hasn’t been turning the screws on China. Then I read this:

The federal government is trying to get access to an Australian Rio Tinto executive arrested in China on suspicion of spying, Acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard says.

Chinese authorities have detained Stern Hu, believed to be Rio Tinto’s general manager of iron ore in China, together with three of his Chinese colleagues from the Anglo-Australian miner.

The arrest comes only one month after Rio knocked back Chinalco’s $US19.5 billion ($A25.03 billion) bid to double its stake in the miner to 18 per cent.

Gillard’s in charge? No wonder. As soon as Mandarin-fluent Kevin Rudd comes back to work, things will be alright.


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