The Epoch Times reported that Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison finds China’s recent attempt to install an agent inside Australia’s federal Parliament to be “deeply disturbing and troubling.”
He made these comments on November 25, as Australia’s spy agency investigates China’s machinations.
The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) started this investigation before it was revealed on Australia’s “60 Minutes” program and affiliated newspapers on November 24, 2019.
This report about China’s alleged espionage operations in Australia explained how a suspected Chinese espionage ring had promised to give Melbourne luxury car dealer Bo “Nick” Zhao a “a seven-figure sum” to run for federal office in the Australian Parliament. Back in March, Zhao was found dead in a motel room in Melbourne. Authorities could not determine a cause of death.
“I find the allegations deeply disturbing and troubling,” said Prime Minister Scott Morrison in front of reporters in Canberra. He noted that the government had strengthened Australia’s laws and security agencies to stand up against foreign meddling.
“Australia is not naive to the threats that it faces more broadly,” he continued.
These allegations came the day after a man claiming to be a Chinese spy defected to Australia. BLP reported that the man, Wang Liqiang, went on 60 Minutes and handed over considerable information to the ASIO after becoming disillusioned with the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) despotic agenda.
During a news briefing in Beijing on November 25, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang vehemently denied accusations of meddling in Australia and tried to keep the spotlight off of China by saying that the Chinese government won’t interfere in the affairs of sovereign nations. He believes that the allegations made during the media reports are lies.
The CCP has been scrutinized greatly for its overseas operations, above all, in countries like Australia. In 2018, Australia passed laws to defend itself from foreign interference in response to what the previous Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described as “disturbing reports of Chinese influence.”
Jeff Nyquist, a specialist on Chinese strategy, told The Epoch Times that the reports of China’s alleged foreign interference in Australian politics are not a shock.
Jeff Nyquist, an author and researcher of Chinese and Russian strategy, told The Epoch Times the reports about China’s alleged attempts at meddling in Australian politics should come as no surprise.
“Being able to get inside the political system of its enemies, of the countries it wants to subvert, is a key tactic in the bag of tricks of the CCP,” Nyquist said. “The threats that China has made, for example, to Australia that they better be on the side of China and not on the side of the United States in any future disagreements are to be taken seriously.”
Nyquist claims that China wants Australia to be “part of their sphere of influence.”
“Obviously, if [China] were to get a politician into Washington, that politician would not be free to turn America against itself in an open fashion,” he said. “But a Chinese agent in the Australian government could detach Australia from the American alliance if you got enough people to collaborate with him.”
“Beijing obviously wants Australia to change sides in terms of who it’s allied with. It does sound like a crazy scheme but look at what they’ve done—China has threatened Australia openly,” he said. “What do you think they are trying to get a politician in there for? They want to change Australia’s orientation.”
China’s expansive operations abroad have also caused controversy in America.
The notorious Confucius Institutes have worried lawmakers due to their alleged role in disseminating CCP propaganda and even serving as spy hubs, according to a BLP report.
Western countries will have to bolster their counter-intelligence infrastructures to check the growing influence of China.
Flashback: Ann Coulter Warns Steve Bannon about Donald Trump’s Hires During 2016
Coulter tells it like it is.
Earlier this week, former White House adviser Steve Bannon reached out to President Donald Trump, in an apparent move to reconcile with the president. Bannon was one of the more renowned advisors in the Trump administration who received a lot of attention for his unconventional views. The former White House adviser is likely looking for Trump to pardon him for several federal criminal charges that he is currently facing.
Bannon was one of the strongest contrarian voices on the right who questioned traditional conservative dogma on free trade and immigration. His rise to prominence represented a raw, populist anger that was building within the Republican Party base. Bannon ended up leaving the Trump administration after the infamous Charlottesville rally. This left a massive void for populist voices within the Trump brain trust, which was never adequately filled with populist figures.
Most of the strong populist voices during the Trump era came from the outside. Conservative commentator Ann Coulter has been one of the leading figures trying to steer populist discourse in America.Although a harsh critic, Coulter did her best to hold President Trump accountable and watch his every move, especially personnel decisions that did not align with his America first vision. To the average pro-Trump individual, Coulter’s criticism may come off as abrasive, but it was and still is necessary to have a viable nationalist movement.
As a reminder to her followers about how she knew that there were subversive elements in the Trump administration who wanted to gut the president’s America First agenda and pursue more traditional Republican policies, she tweeted about email correspondence she had with Bannon dating back to December 2, 2016. In light of the rapprochement between Bannon and Trump, Coulter called attention to how she warned the former White House adviser about some of the latter’s questionable staffing decisions during the early stages of his presidency.
Coulter tweeted, “No, actually, I knew Trump was betraying us pretty early on – and that it would cost him re-election. My December 2, 2016 email to Steve Bannon:”
No, actually, I knew Trump was betraying us pretty early on – and that it would cost him re-election.
My December 2, 2016 email to Steve Bannon: pic.twitter.com/38hGPNUqqN
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 14, 2021
In an email sent on December 2, 2016 with a subject line titled “ghost of christmas future”, Coulter warned then-White House adviser Bannon about some of Trump’s hiring decisions.
She first noted that “the fact that Trump is even CONSIDERING rep. Mccaul (rubio in the house) for homeland — and is NOT considering kobach— tells me we’re not getting any major deportations, no removal of refugees, no e-verify, no end to end anchor babies… and trump will be dead.
also, “mad dog” isn’t going to build a wall.”
She was referring to Texas Congressman Michael McCaul, a known mass migration booster and a potential nominee for the head of the Department of Homeland Security. United States Marine Corps General James Matthis would be Trump’s first Secretary of Defense, who ended up turning out to be a Deep State hack. On the other hand, Kris Kobach is a nationally recognized immigration hawk, who gained fame for implementing some of the stiffest voter ID standards in the nation during his time as Secretary of State.
The Trump administration was successful in implementing several administrative changes that limited immigration and also did not get involved in any nation-building engagements like previous administrations.
Nevertheless, Coulter’s incisive suggestions still have use for future Republican administrations. The new GOP should follow Coulter’s pro-migration restriction suggestions if it wants to not only remain politically relevant, but also protect the integrity of America’s political system.
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