Beijing’s 99-Year Lease of Darwin Port Poses No Security Risk: Australian Defence Department


A review by Australia’s Defence Department has advised the federal government against overturning the controversial 99-year lease of the Port of Darwin to Chinese company Landbridge, citing a lack of national security grounds. The review, initiated by Defence Minister Peter Dutton—amid escalating tensions between Beijing and Canberra—was tasked with investigating with whether the Chinese-owned port posed an “unacceptable national security risk” and if Australia should consider renationalising it. The national security committee which commissioned the review has reportedly not received any formal recommendation from the Department of Defence for intervention from the government, according to The Australian newspaper on Wednesday. The Defence Department has yet to respond to inquiries from The Epoch Times. The revelations will likely make any plans to axe the 2015 Port of Darwin’s lease more politically challenging. During a visit to Darwin in April this year, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the A$506 million port deal was the sole responsibility …

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