US embassy accuses Chinese mission of interference in Australia

US embassy accuses Chinese mission of interference in Australia

The US embassy has accused Chinese diplomats in Australia of foreign interference after they handed a list of grievances to the media and told the Morrison government to back down on key policies.

US ambassador to Australia Arthur Culvahouse jnr on Wednesday said the list of 14 disputes across the diplomatic, business, media, defence and national security sectors showed Australia stood up for its own interests.

His remarks come as Australia and China have issued respectful statements about each other, which could offer a break from months of hostilities.

Last week, Chinese embassy officials delivered the list of grievances to Nine News, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age in Canberra and warned it was up to the government to fix its policies on Huawei and the South China Sea, turn off funding for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and stop unfriendly media coverage.