Chinese embassy says 'self-proclaimed agent' Wang Liqiang is convicted fraudster
The Chinese embassy in Canberra hits back at reports of a man claiming to have worked as a secret Chinese operative for 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.
The allegations - first aired by local network Nine - assert that a suspected Chinese espionage ring approached a Chinese -Australian man to run as an MP. The Australian government has said it is taking the allegations seriously, following a rare public statement from the nation's domestic spy agency.
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Liberal MP Tim Wilson says allegations China attempted to infiltrate Australia’s federal parliament are “very concerning” especially “because of the alleged connection between foreign intelligence agencies and the death of an Australian citizen”.
An investigation is underway by Australian authorities after it was claimed a Chinese espionage ring attempted to install a spy in the Australian parliament.
The suspected Chinese intelligence group reportedly offered $1 million to pay for the political campaign of Bo "Nick" Zhao to run for the Melbourne seat of Chisholm.
China 'attempted to plant a spy MP in Canberra'
An investigation is underway by Australian authorities after a Chinese espionage ring attempted to install a spy in Australia's federal parliament.An investigation is underway by Australian authorities after it was claimed a Chinese espionage ring attempted to install a spy in a seat in Australia's federal parliament.
Researchers in the U.S. and Canada have tracked and documented a sophisticated cyber- espionage network based in China , dubbed Shadow, that targeted computers in several countries, including systems belonging to the Indian government and military.
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Mr Zhao was found dead earlier this year under mysterious circumstances.
Mr Wilson said “there are very serious allegations surrounding it”, adding “this is why the government takes national security so seriously”.
When asked if he had concerns Member for Chisholm Gladys Liu had links to the Chinese communist party, Mr Wilson said “there’s simply no basis to make that connection”.
“If anybody has any evidence to bring forward then do so, otherwise to draw this allegation is outrageous quite frankly, just because of someone’s ethnic heritage,” he said.
China releases court video of self-proclaimed spy Wang Liqiang allegedly confessing to fraud .
Chinese state-run media airs the footage just days after the 27-year-old self-proclaimed spy sought asylum in Australia after going public with details of Beijing's espionage efforts.The vision first surfaced on Wednesday via Chinese state-run Global Times, but the ABC has been unable to independently verify its authenticity.