Malcolm Turnbull dined with wealthy Chinese donor days after company gave $40k to Queensland LNP
According to a report in ABC news published 25th November 2017
A Chinese businessman had dinner with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull just four days after one of his companies declared a $40,000 donation to Queensland’s Liberal National Party (LNP).
The revelation comes amid debate about Chinese companies trying to exert influence on the nation’s political class through financial donations and lobbying, and on the eve of the Queensland election.
The businessman, Liu Xiaodong, is one of three directors of Gold Coast-based company Australian Energy Windfarm (AEW), which describes itself as “China’s responsible wind power supplier”.
Mr Liu is also the chairman of China-based renewable energy giant Heilongjiang Ainaji Dianli Co Ltd, which owns 100 per cent of AEW and is pursuing major investment opportunities in Queensland
The donation was declared with the Queensland Electoral Commission on November 15.
The ABC understands Mr Turnbull had not heard of Mr Liu until they met at a dinner four days later in Brisbane.
Questioned about the dinner on Friday, Mr Turnbull said: “I don’t recall having a detailed discussion … his English was very limited.
“Look, it was a general discussion about the economy. I don’t recall — certainly nothing of particularity about investment policies of that kind were raised.
“Obviously we have a lot of Chinese investment in Australia and as I said yesterday at the launch of the foreign policy White Paper there are occasions where foreign investment, including Chinese investment, does not get approval on reasons of national interest, but by and large Australia welcomes foreign investment.”
The company reported the Sunday night dinner on its Mandarin website but deleted it shortly after being contacted by the ABC.