09 Dec '17, 2am

#Australian security agency flags politicians with ties to #China intelligence

SYDNEY - The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) has identified about 10 political candidates at state and local government elections whom it believes have close ties to Chinese intelligence services. According to The Australian, these candidates are seen by security officials as a deliberate strategy by Beijing to wield influence through Australian politics. These details, disclosed in the newspaper's weekend edition on Saturday (Dec 9), have emerged after Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull unveiled new anti-interference laws on Tuesday (Dec 5) where he expressly referred to concerns about China's influence. China has insisted it has no plans to interfere in Australian domestic affairs, after Canberra announced laws to curb espionage and ban foreign political donations. Most of those whom security services identified as having close ties to Chines...

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