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Defense Minister Peter Dutton has branded the deployment of a Chinese warship as a show of aggression. The vessel – reportedly with spying capabilities – moved close to military locations. Continue reading “Chinese WARSHIP Spotted Near Australia’s West Coast..”
The MOU included a “special relationship” between Qilu Hospital and the Westmead Hospital in Western Sydney
Memorandums of Understanding between NSW Health and Communist China may have exposed highly sensitive information about Australian medical research and innovation.
The MOU was signed between NSW and the Guangdong Health and Family Planning Commission on the final day of a three-day trade mission to China in 2017 by Premier Berejiklian and NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research Brad Hazzard
It was run by a wealthy businessman with deep ties in both Australia and China, who was known to ASIO as “the puppeteer”.
There is concern within national security circles that he will continue to attempt to interfere in Australia’s election process at the behest of the Chinese government.
The plot was publicly revealed by ASIO boss Mike Burgess in his annual threat assessment on Wednesday night, but he declined to name the country behind the operation and whether it was a federal, state or local election.
The identities of 161 Australian citizens — including a former intelligence chief, government officials and business leaders — have been exposed in a hacked Shanghai security database which reveals the inner workings of China’s surveillance state. Continue reading “Australians flagged in CCP security files which shed light on surveillance state and monitoring of Uyghurs”
Chinese authorities have blacklisted Australian Uyghur community leaders and activists as “suspected terrorists” for monitoring and harassment in a trove of police records obtained by the ABC.
- The ABC has spoken to three Uyghurs living in Australia who have been blacklisted as “suspected terrorists”
- The blacklist is part of a hacked database containing more than 1 million Shanghai police and surveillance records
- Australian Uyghurs say they and their families have been monitored and threatened by Chinese authorities, both in Australia and China
Leading countries are countering China in the Indo-Pacific. +QUAD leaders will hold their first summit +A French Submarine patrolled South China Sea +Germany & The UK are sending warships.
China has accused Australia of being part of an “axis of white supremacy” because of our intelligence alliance with Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.
In its state-run media mouthpiece – the Global Times – Beijing said the alliance, known as Five Eyes, was taking coordinated action against China.
“They have formed a US-centred, racist, and mafia-styled community, wilfully and arrogantly provoking China and trying to consolidate their hegemony as all gangsters do,” the tabloid wrote.
A Sydney senior councillor has declared he had been advising an organisation with links to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), once headed by exiled Chinese billionaire and political donor Huang Xiangmo.
- Mr Huang was banned from entering Australia due to concerns about his links to the CCP
- Academics said the organisation, once headed by Mr Huang, was used to carry out “overseas influence”
- Robert Kok told ABC News his involvement with those CCP-linked organisations was “limited and honorary”
Veteran City of Sydney councillor and former Deputy Mayor Robert Kok reported his involvement with the Australia Council for Promotion of Peaceful Reunification (ACPPRC) on his register of interests.
The organisation actively promotes the “reunification across the Taiwan Strait” and “peaceful development” across the Asia Pacific, which some academics labelled as quietly operating in the interests of Beijing.
A diplomatic war of words has emerged between the American and Chinese embassies in Canberra, amid claims Beijing is harassing Uyghur minority people living in Australia.
- The US ambassador said Uyghurs were being “harassed by agents of a foreign power”
- He said fake Chinese police cars were being parked outside their homes
- China’s foreign affairs ministry said the allegation was “laughable”
Uyghurs and other mostly Muslim minorities have been subject to a wide-ranging security crackdown in China’s far-western Xinjiang region, where it is believed more than a million people have been rounded up and put in detention camps.
In an interview with ABC News Breakfast last Thursday, US ambassador Arthur B Culvahouse Jr said China was monitoring and intimidating Uyghurs living in Australia, and that this involved the use of fake Chinese police cars.
“Uyghurs who are lawfully in Australia, who are raised in Australia, working, paying taxes in Australia, are being harassed by agents of a foreign power,” he said.
Not since the Petrov affair in 1954, when a KGB officer sought asylum in Australia with details of Soviet spying activities, has a case been as potentially significant for Australian security as that of Wang Liqiang, the man who purports to be a Chinese spy.
We are using the word “potentially” in the Wang case because his accounts of Chinese espionage activities in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia need to be fully assessed before a more complete judgment is made about the veracity of his claims.
Nine Newspapers journalists have conducted due diligence on the Wang case over some months and concluded publication is justified. But gaps remain in the defector’s narrative.
These include the reasonable question of how a young man with a fine arts degree and a skimpy background allegedly in Chinese intelligence has suddenly come forward with a cache of information that sheds light on nefarious activities.
Two scholars at a NSW university have been linked to Chinese research centres that have reportedly carried out cyber attacks and espionage for the nation’s military.
- Two visiting professors at the University of Wollongong may have ties to “high-risk” Chinese schools
- The University of Aus said it is concerned about the allegations
- The Australian Strategic Policy Institute said the professors’ links should be probed
One of the scholars attended the University of Wollongong’s (UOW) cybersecurity centre several years ago while visiting from a Chinese laboratory allegedly implicated in executing cyber attacks against foreign countries.
The other scholar, who is working at the university, is visiting from a Chinese physics academy considered “very high-risk” by security experts due to its ties to the country’s nuclear weapons program.
A third academic, a professor who was accused by US media outlets of being a military liaison, co-authored a recent research paper on encrypted coding with the UOW.
The revelations come 24 hours after the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) released a report warning Australian universities were unwittingly creating security risks by collaborating with Chinese schools.
A leaked cache of secret Chinese Government documents reveals how authorities in Xinjiang province red-flagged 23 Australian citizens during a security crackdown that consigned tens of thousands of people to arbitrary detention and mass indoctrination.
- Leaked Chinese government documents relate to the network of “training and education” camps in Xinjiang
- They shed more light on the system of mass surveillance and detention used to subjugate minorities
- Details about the operation of detention facilities show they are run like maximum security jails
The documents tell how the Australian citizens were identified among 75 people from China’s Muslim minorities who were singled out in the surveillance sweep because of their passports.
While the fate of the Australians is unknown, the confidential report instructs public security officials to deport or detain those foreign passport holders for whom “suspected terrorism cannot be ruled out”.
Australia: Beijing’s passport order to University of Technology Sydney staff
Academic staff at University of Technology Sydney refused to hand over personal details, including their passport numbers, after China’s Education Ministry demanded the information to continue a course for visiting students.
Science faculty associate dean for international partnerships Graham Nicholson told 21 UTS academics they were required to disclose their passport numbers and dates of birth “as part of the ongoing review of this program” by the ministry.
“You may be concerned by the request for your passport number,” he said in an email obtained by The Australian. “In China, all citizens have an identity card. As we don’t have these in Australia the next best option for them is your current passport number.”
Two Australian universities are reviewing funding and research approval procedures due to concerns over links to technology that is being used to carry out mass human rights abuses by the Chinese Government in Xinjiang province.
- UTS, Curtin unis launch reviews amid links to surveillance technology used in China
- One academic conducted research for so-called “racial profiling” technology to detect ethnic minorities
- Human Rights Watch says China uses AI and surveillance to carry out human rights abuses against ethnic minorities
Last night, Four Corners revealed that the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is conducting an internal review into its $10 million partnership with CETC, a Chinese state-owned military tech company that developed an app that Chinese security forces use to track and detain Muslim Uyghur citizens in Xinjiang.
The Defence Force is closely tracking a high-tech Chinese spy ship as it makes its way towards Australia ahead of this month’s Talisman Sabre war games on the Queensland coast.
- The electronic surveillance ship was believed to be north of Papua New Guinea on Saturday night
- It is believed to have begun its voyage south to Australia late last week
- The same class of vessel was spotted monitoring the 2017 Talisman Sabre war games
Multiple military sources have confirmed to the ABC they are preparing for the imminent arrival of the Auxiliary General Intelligence (AGI) vessel, which is expected to closely monitor the massive biennial joint United States-Australian exercises from just outside Australian territorial waters.
On Saturday night, the Type 815G Dongdiao-class electronic surveillance ship was believed to be north of Papua New Guinea, having begun its voyage south towards Australia late last week.
A Chinese mining giant is being accused of underestimating the impact a proposed open cut mine will have on groundwater on the New South Wales Liverpool Plains.
The University of New South Wales’ Water Research Laboratory conducted a study into the Shenhua Watermark Mine’s environmental impact statement (EIS), and in particular its findings around the project’s potential effect on water.
The research was commissioned by the Caroona Coal Action Group (CCAG), which is opposed to the project.
The study has found that the modelling used by the mining company was flawed, because it relied upon incorrect data on the storage volume of groundwater aquifers.
“The values used were implausibly high based on our research,” Ian Acworth, UNSW Emeritus Professor, said.
Mr Howard, who has previewed the release of classified cabinet documents in January, also said Australia must have a serious discussion about population without accusing people of being racist.
The Morrison Government asked Mr Howard to lead an Australian delegation at annual talks in China and he met the nation’s most senior diplomat, Yang Jeichi.
“While I can’t go into — because it’s Chatham House — what individuals said, I can say the flavour of the meeting was, ‘OK, we have issues, we always will, China is an autocracy’,” Mr Howard said.
“They complained about our media and I made it very clear that we have a free media.
China is becoming increasing anxious about the Australian pushback against Chinese influence and is now looking to the Labor Party, an expert on relations between the two nations has said.
- New legislation aims to reduce Chinese influence in Australia
- Professor Clive Hamilton said China seeks to establish power zone in the Pacific
- He said Australia neglected its responsibility in region and China is moving to fill the vacuum
Clive Hamilton, Vice-Chancellor’s Chair and professor of public ethics at Charles Sturt University, said the Australian response “reached a crescendo” with the introduction of the new Foreign Interference legislation in early December by the Turnbull Government, and China is now looking to the Labor Party.
“No country has ever interfered in Australian politics more than the People’s Republic of China,” Professor Hamilton said.
“I think that the Chinese embassy sees the Labor Party as a kind of much more amenable place to go in order to persuade politicians of its point of view.”