Allegations against Chinese consul in Sydney ‘vicious slander’, mission says

China’s consulate in Sydney has dismissed allegations of political interference following reports a consular official has been identified in an investigation by Australian federal police.The statement comes amid a months-long investigation into foreign interference in Australia that has enveloped local politicians, Chinese diplomats and journalists, and deepened the growing rift between Canberra and Beijing.“The accusations that the consulate general and its official engaged in infiltration…