BBC Chinese reported from Australia that according to a recent poll, more than half of Australians are against the Chinese acquisition of Australian mining assets. Yet, nearly an equal amount of people polled are for or against keeping close ties with China.
The media played an important role in bringing the heated debate between the ruling party and the opposition to the general public.
“Communist China” was frequently used in reference to China in the report.
Source: BBC Chinese, April 6, 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/chinese/simp/hi/newsid_7980000/newsid_7986000/7986049.stm