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Spies, lies and persecution – Michael Gawenda and Craig Skehan

From smh.com.au: Senior American politicians have heaped praise on the Chinese defector Chen Yonglin, the former consul for political affairs in the Chinese consulate in Sydney, after his address to a US congressional committee in Washington. Mr Chen repeated claims that more than 1000 Chinese secret agents and informants were tracking and persecuting Falun Gong […]

Jonathan Porter and Simon Kearney: Defector leaves for US

From The Australian: RENEGADE former Chinese consulate staffer Chen Yonglin has taken advantage of his new status as a protected defector to leave Australia at the first opportunity. Mr Chen boarded a United Airlines flight to Los Angeles yesterday, saying he was headed to Washington. “I am going to a US Congress hearing to testify […]

Mark Magnier: Defection Spotlights Chinese Way of Spying

From The LA Times: The defection of a senior Chinese diplomat in Australia who claims he helped oversee a vast spy network has cast a spotlight on China’s espionage activities at a time of increased global trade tensions and concern over Beijing’s military spending. Chen Yonglin, the first secretary of the Chinese Consulate General in […]

Chris Herde: Envoy accuses Chen of greed

From AAP: Chinese Ambassador Fu Ying has accused would-be defector and former diplomat Chen Yonglin of greed, saying if he succeeded in his quest for refuge in Australia it could open the floodgates. Addressing the inaugural Australia-China Coal Summit, Ms Fu said Mr Chen appeared to hate China, adding: “But China, the country he dislikes […]

Greg Sheridan: Chinese human rights abuse a no-go zone

The Weekend Australian reports: CHEN Yonglin, the Chinese diplomat who has been trying fruitlessly for a month to defect to Australia, gave a press conference last week. The event was bizarrely under-reported. “Chen provided more detail about his sensational claim that Chinese government agents have been involved in kidnapping in Australia and these, whether they […]

John Fitzgerald: China- A lesson in diplomacy

On Australian Policy Online, scholar John Fitzgerald argues that democracy matters in Australia’s dealings with China: Public discussion since the airing of allegations by First Secretary Chen Yonglin and former security officer Hao Fengjun that a large Chinese spy network operates in Australia has focused on the facts of the case, the reactions of federal […]

The Australian: Tiptoeing around China

From The Australian: THE Howard Government’s inept response to the attempted defection of diplomat Chen Yonglin is a reminder of the growing “Chinese problem”: having the future regional hegemony defying the conventions of liberal democracy. At face value there seem to be three imperatives here: that Australia should grant a safe home to the defecting […]

Robert Marquand: China cracks down on Web and expats

From the Christian Science Monitor: Official efforts to police cyberspace here comes amid a host of new measures and events that underscore a broad tightening of controls by the central government. A senior Chinese diplomat posted to Australia is seeking asylum in a hotly debated espionage case now underway in Sydney. Chen Yonglin, the diplomat, […]

ABC: Third Chinese defector details human rights abuses

ABC reports that the lawyer for a former Chinese security bureau official, who has been granted refugee status in Australia, has outlined abuses. He says his client saw abuses perpetrated by members of China’s secret service. The revelation of a third defector comes as two other former officials, diplomat Chen Yonglin and policeman Hao Fengjun, […]

Reuters: China defector can stay – Australia minister

From Reuters: A senior Australian minister said on Thursday that a Chinese diplomatic defector pleading for political asylum in Australia is in no danger of being sent home. Chen Yonglin, a 37-year-old political affairs consul at China’s Sydney consulate, has told Australian authorities he fears for his family’s safety and would rather die than return […]

Matthew ClarkÔºö Chinese spy ring in Australia?

From The Chistian Science Monitor: Just days after diplomat Chen Yonglin announced he had applied for asylum in Australia, a second Chinese official Tuesday announced his bid for refuge and backed Mr. Chen’s claims that China has 1,000 spies operating in the country, reports the BBC. The Age of Melbourne, Australia reports that Hao Fengjun […]

Gary Hughes and Tom Allard: Fresh from the Secret Force, a spy downloads on China

From the Sydney Morning Herald: Amid secret passwords, mysterious faxes and last-minute arrangements to protect him from the alleged Chinese spy network he once worked for, the asylum seeker Hao Fengjun emerged from hiding to talk of the Secret Force. This force, the 32-year-old Chinese police intelligence analyst says, runs spies in Australia and other […]

AFP: Chinese envoy renews plea for asylum

From the International Herald Tribune: A Chinese diplomat renewed his bid to defect to Australia on Tuesday after a first asylum request was rejected amid concerns that the case could harm growing trade relations with China. See also “China defector in Australia contacts U.S. mission” from Reuters and “Pro-democracy claims not convincing: China expert” from […]

BBC: China Diplomat Makes Asylum Plea

From BBC, via Turkish Weekly: A senior Chinese diplomat who left his job at his country’s consulate-general in Sydney has addressed a rally to commemorate the Tiananmen events. “I feel very unsafe,” he told a crowd of several hundred people in Sydney. “In 16 years, the Chinese government has done nothing for political reform. People […]

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