Australia downplays ‘risk’ in selling port to China firm
Canberra: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull downplayed the results of an SMS poll which indicated that almost 90 percent of the popu lation see risk in the Darwin port being sold to a Chinese firm. The poll, conducted by the US State Department, revealed that 43 percent of the respondents felt that there was “a lot of risk” in selling the Port of Darwin to Chinese firm Landbridge Group, while 46 percent of respondents said there was “some risk”. Eleven percent of the respondents saw “no risk” to Australia, Xinhua news agency reported. But Turnbull said on Wednesday that the government would not be taking the “text message opinion poll” seriously, and both his government and the US had “appropriately” assessed any outcome of selling the Port of Darwin to the Chinese firm.