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Australia ‘spies and steals technology’, Chinese state paper says as war of words flares again

A Chinese state-run newspaper fired back on Thursday at recent Australian allegations of influence-buying by Beijing, saying the country spied on China, harassed its citizens and stole its technology.

An unnamed employee of China’s national security department told the Global Timesthat Australian intelligence agents in disguise collect information from Chinese people overseas or encourage them to subvert China.

Agents also closely monitor Chinese people and the embassy in Australia to foil “Chinese spy threats”, according to the article, published on the newspaper’s front page.

“In global covert struggles, Australia has never played the role of victim,” the unidentified employee was quoted as saying.

“However, they are wantonly working on intelligence about China and groundlessly accusing China of spying on them. The logic is ridiculous.”

The article said Beijing had been forced to rebuild its embassy Canberra in the 1990s after finding a large number of listening devices in the original building.

The Australian government did not immediately respond to the allegations.

The article follows an Australian media report this month that Australia’s intelligence agencies had major concerns China was interfering in Australian institutions and using political donations to gain access.

An investigation by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Fairfax Media found the country’s political elite had been warned two years ago about taking donations from two billionaires with links to the Chinese Communist Party.

But despite being cautioned by the head of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, the nation’s domestic spy agency, both the Liberal and Labor parties continued accepting substantial sums of cash.

The probe showed that two property developers – Huang Xiangmo, founder of the Yuhu Group, and Chau Chak Wing, an Australian citizen who runs the Kingold Group – or their associates had donated around A$6.7 million (US$5 million) to political parties over a decade.


Head over to SCMP to read the full article and click on some ads: http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2100547/australia-spies-and-steals-technology-chinese-state



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