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Australia Chinese spy Wang Liqiang reportedly seeks political asylum in Australia, details covert operations

06:20  23 november  2019
06:20  23 november  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Wang ‘William’ Liqiang reportedly gave statement to Asio detailing Chinese operations in Australia . China is seeking to 'take over' Australia 's political system, former Asio chief claims. Asked whether he believed Wang should be offered asylum , Albanese said it would be a decision for

Mr. Wang ’s account, a 17-page plea for political asylum in Australia , reads in parts like an espionage thriller. He detailed code names of covert operations , shadowy Although China ’s intelligence operations in Taiwan and Hong Kong have long been presumed to be robust, the statement provided

a man wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Wang Liqiang has warned against © Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Wang Liqiang has warned against "underestimating our organisation". (Supplied: 60 Minutes Australia)

A Chinese spy has reportedly sought political asylum in Australia after revealing details of Beijing's espionage activities.

Wang "William" Liqiang has told Nine Newspapers he has provided a sworn statement to Australia's domestic spy agency ASIO, detailing his involvement in covert operations.

According to the reports, Mr Wang is seeking political asylum and remains in an undisclosed location in Sydney on a tourist visa.

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Wang “William” Liqiang , indicated to Australian news outlet The Age that during a deep cover assignment intended to manipulate the 2020 Operations in Australia and other countries were implied but not detailed in initial reports of Wang ’s defection. He is reportedly currently at an

Wang Liqiang , a Chinese spy who has defected to Australia . Illustration: Mark Stehle, Portrait: Steven Siewert Credit: Mr Wang has taken his material to Australia 's counter-espionage agency, ASIO, and is seeking political asylum – potentially opening another front in Australia ’s challenging bilateral

The Treasurer said the Government is following up on the © ABC The Treasurer said the Government is following up on the "sensitive matter".

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said it was a "sensitive matter" being followed up by the relevant authorities.

"These are very disturbing reports and the matter is now in the hands of the appropriate law enforcement agencies so I wouldn't comment on the particulars of individual cases," he said.

"The Government makes no apologies for the measures we have taken to ensure that we have foreign interference laws in place."

A statement Mr Wang provided ASIO last month reportedly states: "I have been personally involved and participated in a series of espionage activities."

Nine Newspapers reported Mr Wang had provided new details about the kidnapping of five booksellers who specialised in works critical of Chinese leaders based in Hong Kong, starting in 2015, and their rendition to mainland China.

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Wang Liqiang now lives in hiding in Australia after abandoning his life as a Chinese spy . Credit:Illustration: Mark Stehle, Portrait For fresh-faced Chinese intelligence operative Wang “William” Liqiang , the arrival of a fake South Korean passport earlier this year triggered such a moment.

In November 2019, a Chinese defector provides intelligence on China 's political interference Wang also reportedly said he had met a high-ranking intelligence operative he believed was conducting The report did not provide additional details on operations in Australia , but is likely to exacerbate

He is also believed to have said spies from Beijing were infiltrating Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement, influencing Taiwan's elections and "operating with impunity in Australia", according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

Mr Wang told Nine Newspapers the Chinese Communist Party "infiltrates all countries in areas such as military, business and culture, in order to achieve its goal".

He continued: "You shouldn't underestimate our organisation … We were cultivated and trained by the organisation for many years before taking up important positions.

"[The Chinese Communist Party] wants to ensure no one threatens its authority."

In a clip from 60 Minutes posted to social media on Saturday, Mr Wang said, through a translator, that he was "responsible for organising the cyber army to attack people online".

"Imagine the consequence of betraying the organisation."

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'Once I go back, I will be dead': Chinese spy who was sent to meddle in foreign elections before he Wang 'William' Liqiang , 27, served as a Chinese intelligence operative since 2014 He defected to Australia in April this year after disclosing information to ASIO A high-ranking Chinese spy who has defected to Australia has shed light on China 's

He says China ’s interference in Australia is ‘insidious’. The retired Asio chief Duncan Lewis has reportedly warned that the Chinese government is seeking to use His remarks follow claims by senior Chinese diplomat Wang Xining that MPs Andrew Hastie and Senator James Paterson have

When asked why he had decided to seek political asylum in Australia and detail his involvement in such covert operations, he said: "I know very well that the Chinese Communist Party can never be trusted. Once I go back, I will be dead."

Mr Wang reportedly said Xi Jinping's Chinese Community Party © ABC Mr Wang reportedly said Xi Jinping's Chinese Community Party "can never be trusted"

When asked about the reports Mr Wang is currently in Sydney and seeking asylum, Opposition leader Anthony Albanese said: "These reports are of real concern."

He called for "Australia's national sovereignty [to be] protected," adding, "we will await processes with the Government and one of the things that we will be seeking next week is a briefing from the appropriate authorities on these issues".

The Labor leader said the question of whether the country should accept Mr Wang's reported asylum request would be "a decision for the Government".

"But, I'm sympathetic with the circumstances and we know that he has outlined a range of activities which clearly put him in a circumstance whereby it's a legitimate claim for asylum," Mr Albanese added.

Responding to the news of Mr Wang's reported asylum claim on Twitter, former Chinese diplomat Chen Yonglin said Mr Wang would not be safe in Australia.

"He'd better move to America later. He is not safe in Australia. Since he revealed named and IDs of operatives and kidnappings, he may be executed," he wrote.

"Extremely difficult to hide the whole family from a powerful surveillance state like China in modern high-tech world.

"China collects all data of WeChat users, listens to Apple [mobile phones] and hacks PCs, besides over 1,000 operatives on the payroll," he added.

Spies called in to oversee taskforce amid heightened foreign interference threat .
Australia's domestic spy agency will lead a new taskforce aimed at cracking down on the threat from foreign interference.The Federal Government plans to spend almost $88 million to establish a new Counter Foreign Interference Taskforce.

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