Daily Archives: May 11, 2014

Chinese spies in Australian universities

Sydney Harbour Bridge. Stock photo: Hans Mahncke

Sydney Harbour Bridge. Stock photo: Hans Mahncke

According to the Sydney Morning Herald there are Chinese spies at Australian universities:

“China is building large covert informant networks inside Australia’s leading universities, prompting Australia to strengthen its counter-intelligence capabilities. Chinese intelligence officials have confirmed to Fairfax Media that they are building networks to monitor the ethnic Chinese community to protect Beijing’s “core interests”.

I’d hazard a guess that those who have experience working at universities in Hong Kong (and possibly elsewhere with a strong Chinese presence) have known about this issue for many years. I remember being told by a colleague from China some 10 years ago that although we were both working in Hong Kong, unlike myself, he could never go into a classroom and express his true opinions on certain legal issues as those would be reported back to authorities and get him into trouble. When I asked who does the reporting, he pointed out some students and staff members whom he knew to have “dual roles” in both being students and staff, as well as being “monitors”.

Read the whole piece here: http://www.smh.com.au/national/chinese-spies-at-sydney-university-20140420-36ywk.html