China's 99-year Port of Darwin lease may NOT be scrapped despite national ...

China's 99-year Port of Darwin lease may NOT be scrapped despite national security concerns and rising tensions between Canberra and Beijing Scott Morrison insists government will not jump to conclusions on China lease It will reassess national security implications of Landbridge's port ownership Tensions remain high between Australia and China, relationship in the doldrums

By Australian Associated Press

Published: 01:13 BST, 4 May 2021 | Updated: 01:16 BST, 4 May 2021

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Scott Morrison insists the government will not jump to conclusions as Defence reviews a Chinese's company's 99-lease of the Port of Darwin.

With relations between Canberra and Beijing in the doldrums, the government has announced it will reassess the national security implications of state-owned Landbridge's lease.

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The prime minister said he would not pre-empt any fresh advice on the port.

Scott Morrison insists the government will not jump to conclusions as Defence reviews a Chinese's company's 99-lease of the Port of Darwin

Scott Morrison insists the government will not jump to conclusions as Defence reviews a Chinese's company's 99-lease of the Port of Darwin

'I'm not jumping to the next step,' he told the Seven Network on Tuesday.

'This is a matter for our security and defence agencies to advise if there's been any change in the security status of those port arrangements.'

Mr Morrison said the Port of Darwin was a name for a specific part of the area rather than the entire port.

'It is one section. It's not where our military and defence facilities are, that's in another area,' he said.

Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne rebuked China for striking deals with developing nations

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