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PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:31 am 
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China accused of trying to pay a million dollars to spy to infiltrate Australian parliament

November 25, 2019 Staff Writer

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has responded to allegations that China tried to pay a Chinese-Australian man a million dollars to infiltrate federal parliament, calling the reports “deeply disturbing and troubling.”

Speaking to reporters in Canberra on Monday, Morrison said that the government was doing everything possible to prevent foreign interference.

A report aired by Channel 9 television on Sunday night reported that 32-year-old luxury car dealer Bo “Nick” Zhao was in debt to Chinese backers when he was approached by a suspected Chinese intelligence group to run for parliament for the governing Liberal Party.

Zhao, who had informed the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) about the incident, was found dead in a Melbourne hotel room in March under mysterious circumstances.

Morrison said that ASIO was already investigating the matters that were reported publicly over the weekend, and that the government had strengthened laws and powers of security agencies to combat foreign spies.

“Hostile foreign intelligence activity continues to pose a real threat to our nation and its security,” Morrison said.

“ASIO will continue to confront and counter foreign interference and espionage in Australia.”

In a rare move, the director-general of ASIO Mike Burgess issued a public statement overnight responding to the Channel 9 report, saying the organization takes the allegations seriously and that it is investigating the matter.

Burgess said he was “committed to protecting Australia’s democracy and sovereignty” and was aware of the matters before they were reported by the media.

“ASIO … has been actively investigating them. However, in accordance with long-standing practice, I will not comment on this particular operational matter, including any detail of the individuals involved,” he said in the statement.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann also spoke out, telling reporters on Monday that although it was “a very, very serious matter,” it was premature to suggest that the government would take up the issue with China.

This is the second allegation in as many days of Chinese political interference.

On Saturday, the Nine media group reported that Wang “William” Liqiang, a former Chinese spy, provided ASIO with a trove of Chinese intelligence, including details of covert operations to undermine Hong Kong’s democracy movement and efforts to interfere in the political system in Taiwan and Australia.

“I have personally been involved and participated in a series of espionage activities,” Mr Wang said in a statement to ASIO in October, Nine said.

The Chinese embassy in Australia was quick to respond, issuing a statement on Sunday saying that Wang was a fraudster wanted for crimes in China.

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©2019 Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH (Hamburg, Germany)


More than simply trying to co-opt an existing politician this goes one step further.....it's like a page out of a Hollywood movie script.

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Zhao, who had informed the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) about the incident, was found dead in a Melbourne hotel room in March under mysterious circumstances.


Hory crap! Remind me not to get a car loan from General Chao's Chicken Place and Auto Loans.

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They're trying to get their hands on that bloomin onion recipe.

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They're trying to get their hands on that bloomin onion recipe.



China will steal everything not nailed down...and if it is nailed down they will take measurements and then try to reverse engineer it.

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:roll:

The Chinese can't even machine a proper threading bolt and nut. In space are they doing EVA's? :roll: pfft. sure.

It's called 'rocket science' b/c it's so fuckin difficult to do anything of the sort.

Everything has to be very precise and every bolt has to thread. pfft :roll:

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Suddenly, The Chinese Threat To Australia Seems Very Real


Even as it confronts the specter of brazen espionage, Australia’s government has yet to draw clear boundaries for an autocratic giant that is both an economic partner and a threat to freedom — a conundrum faced by many countries, but more acutely by Australia.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison continues to insist that Australia need not choose between China and the United States. A new foreign interference law has barely been enforced, and secrecy is so ingrained that even lawmakers and experts lack the in-depth information they need.

As a result, the country’s intelligence agencies have raised alarms about China in ways that most Australian politicians avoid. The agencies have never been flush with expertise on China, including Chinese speakers, yet they are now in charge of disentangling complex claims of nefarious deeds, all vigorously denied by China.





The original source piece for this is the NY Times:
nytimes.com/2019/11/28/world/australia/china-spying-wang-liqiang-nick-zhao.html

I've apparently exceeded my quota of NY Times articles so its locked behind a paywall.

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Not America's problem to solve. Australians did not storm the beaches in Normandy. Is there even a Trump tower in Sidney...?


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No one in America considers the Australians cowards. Your post is disrespectful.

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Australians did not storm the beaches in Normandy.

Actually about a dozen of them did, attached to British Army formations to gain experience in preparation for amphibious operations in the Pacific later in the war. Around another 3000 Aussies were involved in the operation, most of them in the air. Fourteen Australians died on D-Day, two members of the Royal Australian Navy and 12 members of the Royal Australian Air Force.

The first defeat the Germans suffered in WW2 was at the hands of the Aussies, beaten at Tobruk by the 9th Australian Division.

Try to do some fact checking first before you take the piss trying to score anti-Trump points. Like CS said its disrespectful.

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Australians fought side by side in huge numbers alongside the US in the PTOl One Australian is a better ally than a thousand Finnish pissants and a million wulfirs and sneeros.

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