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World Australia investigates 'Chinese plot' to create spy MP

04:05  25 november  2019
04:05  25 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Australian intelligence officials have confirmed they are investigating allegations of a plot to plant a Chinese spy in the nation's parliament . 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 .

Australia ’s spy boss confirms Asio is ‘actively investigating ’ an alleged plot to install a Chinese spy as an MP in a Melbourne seat . Liberal MP and head of parliament ’s intelligence and security committee, Andrew Hastie was featured on the 60 Minutes program last night.

Australia is investigating an alleged Chinese plot to infiltrate its federal parliament by turning a Chinese-Australian businessman into a political operative, the country's counter-espionage agency has said.

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Nine network programme "60 Minutes" broadcast explosive allegations Sunday night that suspected Chinese operatives had offered Bo "Nick" Zhao Aus$1 million ($679,000) to run as a candidate in a federal seat in Melbourne.

The 32-year-old luxury car dealer had reportedly disclosed the alleged approach for him to spy to the Australia Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) last year, before he was found dead in a motel room in March.

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Spy agency boss confirms operatives offered m to fund party member Nick Zhao, who was found dead after reportedly approaching The head of Asio has issued a rare public statement confirming the domestic spy agency was aware of an alleged Chinese plot to infiltrate Australia ’s parliament .

How the death of Melbourne car dealer could be linked to a Chinese plot to plant a spy MP in Politician Andrew Hastie says the alleged plot needs to be fully investigated The alleged plot comes after claims from ' Chinese spy ' Wang 'William' Ligiang plot to infiltrate Australia 's parliament with a foreign spy needs to be fully investigated .

In a rare public statement late Sunday night, ASIO head Mike Burgess said the agency was "previously aware of the matters" and has been "actively investigating them".

Burgess said he would not comment further as Zhao's death was subject to an inquest.

"Hostile foreign intelligence activity continues to pose a real threat to our nation and its security," he added.

Police have been unable to determine how Zhao died.

Parliamentary intelligence committee chief Andrew Hastie described the alleged episode in Melbourne as "surreal" and "like something out of a spy novel".

"This isn't just cash in a bag, given for favours, this is a state-sponsored attempt to infiltrate our parliament using an Australian citizen and basically run them as an agent of foreign influence in our democratic system," he told 60 Minutes.

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A man claiming to be a Chinese spy has applied for asylum in Australia , media reports say. Australia 's Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told reporters Mr Wang's case was "in the hands of the appropriate law enforcement agencies", adding that his accusations are "very disturbing".

alleged plot to infiltrate Australia 's parliament with a foreign spy needs to be fully investigated . Mr Hastie says Australians should be "very concerned" about the alleged plot . "This isn't just of the alleged plot comes after 60 Minutes aired the claims of self-proclaimed Chinese spy Wang "William"

"So this is really significant and Australians should be very, very concerned about this."

The claims come just days after a Chinese spy reportedly gave ASIO the identities of China's senior military intelligence officers in Hong Kong and provided details about how they funded and conducted operations in the city, Taiwan and Australia.

China has dismissed defector Wang "William" Liqiang as an unemployed fraudster and fugitive, but there are growing calls in Australia to grant him political asylum.

The revelations are likely to further heighten tensions between Beijing and Canberra.

Recently retired ASIO head Duncan Lewis said last week that China wanted to "take over" Australia's political system with an "insidious" and systematic campaign of espionage and influence peddling.

China is also widely suspected of being behind major intrusions into the computer systems of Australia's parliament and a university with close ties to the government and security services.

But Beijing has previously angrily denied allegations it was covertly meddling in Australian affairs.

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