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‘China threat’ now of more concern to Aussies than COVID-19, climate change: Lowy Institute poll

Australians have had a major shift in what they are most concerned about, with China’s threat to Australia overtaking the worries of COVID-19 and climate change.

A new Lowy Institute poll has revealed 92 per cent of those surveyed say they are “very” or “somewhat concerned” about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, while 65 per cent see China’s foreign policy and conflict over Taiwan as top concerns for Australians.

Three-quarters of the country also view China as a military threat to Australia over the next 20 years, with trust in Beijing and confidence in China’s President Xi Jinping at an all-time low.

It comes as Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is meeting with world leaders in Spain for the NATO summit to echo these same concerns, especially the growing tensions presented by China and Russia.

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