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Australia Chinese embassy says 'self-proclaimed agent' Wang Liqiang is convicted fraudster

04:55  24 november  2019
04:55  24 november  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Chinese police claim defecting Chinese spy Wang “William” Liqiang went to Hong Kong carrying a fraudulent Chinese passport and is a convicted fraudster . “But I would say the government makes no apologies for the strong measures that we have taken to ensure that we have foreign interference

The man named Wang Liqiang , 26, is a native of Nanping in southeast China 's Fujian Province and was sentenced to one year and three months in prison for fraud with a suspended sentence of a year and half by the court of Guangze county in Fujian in October 2016, a police statement said .

a man wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Wang Liqiang has alleged the Chinese Communist Party ordered overseas assassinations. (Supplied: 60 Minutes Australia)© Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Wang Liqiang has alleged the Chinese Communist Party ordered overseas assassinations. (Supplied: 60 Minutes Australia)

The Chinese embassy in Canberra has hit back at Australian media reports of a man who says he worked as a secret Chinese operative for five years, saying he is a convicted fraudster.

Wang Liqiang told Nine Newspapers he was seeking asylum in Australia, and was willing to detail his operations working as an intelligence agent for the Communist Party.

The embassy said Mr Wang was convicted of fraud and wanted by police after fleeing on a fake passport.

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Chinese police have called a former Chinese spy claiming political asylum in Australia a convicted fraudster . Wang “William” Liqiang has provided Australia’s counterespionage agency ASIO details of how China ’s senior military intelligence officers fund and conducted political interference operations.

Wang "William" Liqiang has reportedly given authorities information about operations in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia, saying he was "personally involved" in espionage work. Police in the Chinese city of Shanghai say Mr Wang is an unemployed fugitive who was convicted of fraud.

The statement, which referred to Mr Wang as a "self-proclaimed Chinese agent", said he was sentenced to one year and three months in prison for fraud, with a suspended sentence of a year and a half.

It referenced a Shanghai police statement which said they had opened an investigation into Mr Wang in April after he allegedly cheated 4.6 million yuan ($6.7 million) through a "fake investment project" involving car imports in February.

The embassy said Mr Wang left for Hong Kong the same month the investigation was opened, with a "fake" Chinese passport and "fake" permanent Hong Kong resident ID.

It is understood Mr Wang is speaking with Australia's domestic spy agency, ASIO, and has alleged the Communist Party ordered overseas assassinations — including in Australia.

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Canberra also fears that China seeks undue influence in the Pacific region. The defector, identified as Wang “William” Liqiang , is reported to have provided the Australian Security Intelligence Organization, or ASIO, with the identities of China ’s senior military intelligence officers in Hong Kong, the paper said .

A self -confessed Chinese spy defected to Australia and handed over a wealth of information about China 's secret operations to Australia's counter-espionage agency . Wang "William" Liqiang handed over information to intelligence officials at Australia's counter-espionage agency ASIO after deciding

In the statement Mr Wang provided ASIO last month, he reportedly stated: "I have been personally involved and participated in a series of espionage activities."

The Chinese embassy's comments come a day after Nine Newspapers reported Mr Wang was in hiding in Sydney.

On Saturday, a senior official speaking on the condition of anonymity told the ABC Australian security agencies were working to "separate fact from fiction" while assessing Mr Wang's reports.

According to Nine Newspapers, Mr Wang provided new details about the kidnapping of five booksellers and their rendition to mainland China, starting in 2015.

He also reportedly told the group that Beijing spies were infiltrating Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement, "operating with impunity in Australia" and influencing elections in Taiwan.

In a clip from 60 Minutes shared on social media, Mr Wang was translated as having said he decided to seek political asylum in Australia and provide new information about Beijing's alleged espionage activities because he "knows very well that the Chinese Communist Party can never be trusted".

"Once I go back, I will be dead," he added.

On Saturday, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the relevant Australian authorities were following up on the "sensitive matter".

"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."

Fed MP helped defector reach spy agencies .
Federal Liberal MP and parliamentary intelligence committee chair Andrew Hastie helped a self-proclaimed Chinese spy get in touch with intelligence agencies.The ex-SAS captain was at a conference in Hawaii when he was contacted by an intermediary of Mr Wang's, the Western Australia politician told The Australian on Friday.

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