Australian senator resigns over allegations of Chinese influence

Australian Labor Party's Senator Sam Dastyari speaks to the media in Sydney on September 6, 2016.

Story highlights

  • The Chinese government reacted furiously to allegations of influence in Australia
  • Dastyari has previously been accused of working closely with Chinese donors

(CNN)An Australian senator with close ties to a prominent Chinese businessman and political donor has stepped down amid growing concerns about China's influence over Australian politics.

Opposition Labor party Senator Sam Dastyari announced his resignation early Tuesday morning after weeks of pressure, saying he wanted to spare his party further distraction.
"I have always honored my parliamentary oath, I've always acted with integrity and I remain a loyal patriotic Australian," Dastyari told reporters as he announced his resignation.
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