SYDNEY—In a dawn raid in June, federal police searched the home of an Australian state opposition lawmaker in Sydney. That same day, in connection with the same investigation, authorities seized the computers and phones of four journalists working for Chinese news organizations. China released details of the raids on its journalists last week after Australia pulled two of its journalists out of China , shedding further light on the mounting tensions between Australia and China that led up to the diplomatic standoff over the two men. […] There have been long-simmering concerns in Canberra over the potential for Chinese interference in the domestic affairs of Australia, which has close economic ties with China. […] Tensions between the two countries have reached new heights in recent months after Australia began seeking support from European leaders for an investigation of missteps by China that contributed to the coronavirus pandemic, which spread widely first in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
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