Peter Dutton says he wants 'nothing more' than normalised relations with Beijing, but pours cold water on prospect

Finn McHugh
Doug Dingwall
By Finn McHugh, and Doug Dingwall
Updated May 5 2022 - 8:43am, first published 4:00am

Defence Minister Peter Dutton says he wants nothing more than normalised relations with China but that Beijing will not change as it militarises the South China Sea and forms an "unbreakable bond" with Russia.

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Finn McHugh

Finn McHugh

Federal Political Reporter

Finn McHugh has been federal political reporter for The Canberra Times since July 2021. He joined the Canberra Press Gallery in 2019 where he was executive producer of Sky News's AM Agenda, before joining NCA NewsWire as a federal political reporter. He has previously interned at the Kuwait Times.

Doug Dingwall

Doug Dingwall

Public Service Editor

Doug Dingwall is The Canberra Times' Public Service Editor. He writes about government and federal politics, and edits The Public Sector Informant. He has an interest in integrity and industrial relations. Previously he worked at The Examiner in Launceston, where he won a Tasmanian Human Rights Award in 2016 for his reporting. Contact him on doug.dingwall@canberratimes.com.au