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Electricity and gas transmission and distribution assets that Chinese and Hong Kong companies would have a stake in if APA takeover was to go ahead. Picture: ASPISource:Supplied

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is a real vulnerability to having a vast bulk of our gas and electricity assets owned by two foreign entities State Grid and CKI, Mr Jennings said.

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While Australia national security could be at stake, Bruce Robertson also believes the takeover will be bad for gas prices.

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