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Chinese spy defects to Australia with trove of intel: report

BEIJING: A Chinese spy has defected to Australia with a trove of intelligence on China’s political interference operations in Hong Kong, Taiwan and elsewhere, according to a media report Saturday.

The Nine network newspapers said the defector, named as Wang “William” Liqiang, had given Australia’s counter-espionage agency the identities of China’s senior military intelligence officers in Hong Kong and provided details of how they funded and conducted operations in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia.

Wang said he was personally involved in infiltration and disruption operations in all three territories, according to the report, published in Nine’s The Age and Sydney Morning Herald newspapers.

Wang “revealed in granular detail” how Beijing covertly controls listed companies to fund intelligence operations, including the surveillance and profiling of dissidents and the co-opting of media organisations, the report stated.

Wang is currently living in Sydney with his wife and infant son on a tourist visa and has requested political asylum, it said.

– China fears –

Wang said in an interview to be aired Sunday night on Nine’s TV news program 60 Minutes that he would be executed if he returned to China.

“Once I go back, I will be dead,” a youthful and bespectacled Wang said through a translator in a clip from 60 Minutes shown on Nine’s websites Saturday.

Wang was also shown holding his son and walking with his wife along Sydney harbour beside the popular Luna Park amusement centre.

According to the news organisation, Wang gave a sworn statement to the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) in October saying: “I have personally been involved and participated in a series of espionage activities”.

This allegedly included infiltrating Taiwan under an assumed identity and with a South Korean passport to run local operatives in efforts to meddle in 2018 municipal elections and presidential polls due next year.

He said the operation used local media executives to influence the election campaigns and defeat candidates seen as hostile to Beijing.

He also claimed to have coordinated a “cyber army” to shift political opinion, similar to Russia’s interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

“Our work on Taiwan was the most important work of ours – the infiltration into media, temples and grassroots organisations,” he was quoted as saying.

It was his fear of being discovered by Taiwan’s counter-espionage authorities working to influence next year’s elections that led Wang to seek asylum in Australia, he reportedly said.

In Hong Kong, Wang said he was part of an intelligence operation hidden within a listed company which infiltrated Hong Kong’s universities and media to counter the pro-democracy movement.

He said his role in the clandestine organisation including infiltrating all Hong Kong universities and directing bashings and cyber attacks against dissidents.

“They (his recruits) found out information about those pro-independence activists… and made public all their personal data, their parents’ and family members’,” he was quoted as saying.

He added that the goal was “to make all troublemakers in Hong Kong terrified”.

– Kidnappings –

Wang also said he personally helped organise the October 2015 kidnapping of Lee Bo, owner of the Causeway Bay Bookshop, which Beijing said distributed dissident materials.

Four other bookshop employees were also spirited away to the mainland that year.

Other operatives planted in Hong Kong, he said, included a senior manager at a major Asian television network who was actually “a current military cadre with a Division Commander rank”.

Wang also reportedly said he had met a high-ranking intelligence operative he believed was conducting spy operations in Australia via a front company in the energy sector.

“He told me at the time he is based in Canberra. I know his position is very important,” he was quoted as saying.

The report did not provide additional details on operations in Australia, but is likely to exacerbate already high alarm over Chinese espionage and influence operations in the country.

ASIO warned earlier this year that the threat of foreign interference was “unprecedented” and that the number of foreign spies in Australia was higher than during the Cold War.

The agency has never publicly named China in its warnings.

But the former head of the agency, Duncan Lewis, who retired in September, said in an interview published Friday that China wanted to “take over” Australia’s political system with an “insidious” and systematic campaign of espionage and influence-peddling.
 
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Chinese spy defects to Australia with trove of intel: report

BEIJING: A Chinese spy has defected to Australia with a trove of intelligence on China’s political interference operations in Hong Kong, Taiwan and elsewhere, according to a media report Saturday.

The Nine network newspapers said the defector, named as Wang “William” Liqiang, had given Australia’s counter-espionage agency the identities of China’s senior military intelligence officers in Hong Kong and provided details of how they funded and conducted operations in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia.

Wang said he was personally involved in infiltration and disruption operations in all three territories, according to the report, published in Nine’s The Age and Sydney Morning Herald newspapers.

Wang “revealed in granular detail” how Beijing covertly controls listed companies to fund intelligence operations, including the surveillance and profiling of dissidents and the co-opting of media organisations, the report stated.

Wang is currently living in Sydney with his wife and infant son on a tourist visa and has requested political asylum, it said.

– China fears –

Wang said in an interview to be aired Sunday night on Nine’s TV news program 60 Minutes that he would be executed if he returned to China.

“Once I go back, I will be dead,” a youthful and bespectacled Wang said through a translator in a clip from 60 Minutes shown on Nine’s websites Saturday.

Wang was also shown holding his son and walking with his wife along Sydney harbour beside the popular Luna Park amusement centre.

According to the news organisation, Wang gave a sworn statement to the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) in October saying: “I have personally been involved and participated in a series of espionage activities”.

This allegedly included infiltrating Taiwan under an assumed identity and with a South Korean passport to run local operatives in efforts to meddle in 2018 municipal elections and presidential polls due next year.

He said the operation used local media executives to influence the election campaigns and defeat candidates seen as hostile to Beijing.

He also claimed to have coordinated a “cyber army” to shift political opinion, similar to Russia’s interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

“Our work on Taiwan was the most important work of ours – the infiltration into media, temples and grassroots organisations,” he was quoted as saying.

It was his fear of being discovered by Taiwan’s counter-espionage authorities working to influence next year’s elections that led Wang to seek asylum in Australia, he reportedly said.

In Hong Kong, Wang said he was part of an intelligence operation hidden within a listed company which infiltrated Hong Kong’s universities and media to counter the pro-democracy movement.

He said his role in the clandestine organisation including infiltrating all Hong Kong universities and directing bashings and cyber attacks against dissidents.

“They (his recruits) found out information about those pro-independence activists… and made public all their personal data, their parents’ and family members’,” he was quoted as saying.

He added that the goal was “to make all troublemakers in Hong Kong terrified”.

– Kidnappings –

Wang also said he personally helped organise the October 2015 kidnapping of Lee Bo, owner of the Causeway Bay Bookshop, which Beijing said distributed dissident materials.

Four other bookshop employees were also spirited away to the mainland that year.

Other operatives planted in Hong Kong, he said, included a senior manager at a major Asian television network who was actually “a current military cadre with a Division Commander rank”.

Wang also reportedly said he had met a high-ranking intelligence operative he believed was conducting spy operations in Australia via a front company in the energy sector.

“He told me at the time he is based in Canberra. I know his position is very important,” he was quoted as saying.

The report did not provide additional details on operations in Australia, but is likely to exacerbate already high alarm over Chinese espionage and influence operations in the country.

ASIO warned earlier this year that the threat of foreign interference was “unprecedented” and that the number of foreign spies in Australia was higher than during the Cold War.

The agency has never publicly named China in its warnings.

But the former head of the agency, Duncan Lewis, who retired in September, said in an interview published Friday that China wanted to “take over” Australia’s political system with an “insidious” and systematic campaign of espionage and influence-peddling.
Kya baat hai!!! Finally ozzies showing some bravado.
 

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Wasn't Obama a big proponent of the quad? And he's the one who initiated the pivot to Asia policy.
Abe was the original inventor of concept of quad.
Obama gave only lip service, never ensured quad moves forward.
Quad even today is not a military alliance, it is just 4 democracies getting together and having meetings. That’s about it.

I will take quad seriously only when India creates a marines type force with atleast 20-30 thousand personnel.
 

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Wasn't Obama a big proponent of the quad? And he's the one who initiated the pivot to Asia policy.
Murica's pivot to Asia happened in the 90's. It isn't a democrat or a republican policy. They just happened to announce it to their domestic population recently. The plan to put a permanent military base in Afghanistan was also decided some time back then. That's why both Obama and Trump couldn't withdraw troops despite both promising the same. They pumped money into China in the 90's knowing fully well that this animal will grow big at the expense of American money and start dancing on their head once its big enough. They already had contingency plans in place before the first $ was pumped in. India also knew this so we did our nuke tests in 99 knowing that Murica can't do jackshit against us since we were a major part of their counter-China plan to unfold post 2010.

They did the same with the Soviet Union. First they allied with them in the world war. Murica supplied billions of dollars worth of weapons and food to prop them up. They knew fully well that once the war was over, the Soviets needed to be dealt with and disintegrated. They're doing the same with China now.
 

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Abe was the original inventor of concept of quad.
Obama gave only lip service, never ensured quad moves forward.
Quad even today is not a military alliance, it is just 4 democracies getting together and having meetings. That’s about it.

I will take quad seriously only when India creates a marines type force with atleast 20-30 thousand personnel.
Yeah, and even if they propose a military alliance we won't join it. My question was why did you mention the democrats?
 

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Yeah, and even if they propose a military alliance we won't join it. My question was why did you mention the democrats?
Because I blame democrats for unchallenged rise of China......

China grew the most during obama period, without any major resistance. And this is atypical of American foreign policy.
 

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Murica's pivot to Asia happened in the 90's. It isn't a democrat or a republican policy. They just happened to announce it to their domestic population recently. The plan to put a permanent military base in Afghanistan was also decided some time back then. That's why both Obama and Trump couldn't withdraw troops despite both promising the same. They pumped money into China in the 90's knowing fully well that this animal will grow big at the expense of American money and start dancing on their head once its big enough. They already had contingency plans in place before the first $ was pumped in. India also knew this so we did our nuke tests in 99 knowing that Murica can't do jackshit against us since we were a major part of their counter-China plan to unfold post 2010.

They did the same with the Soviet Union. First they allied with them in the world war. Murica supplied billions of dollars worth of weapons and food to prop them up. They knew fully well that once the war was over, the Soviets needed to be dealt with and disintegrated. They're doing the same with China now.
I'm was replying to his statement about the democrats not supporting quad. I know the history behind this region dude.
 

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