A Chinese spy spilled the beans on China’s intelligence operations abroad.
At the Australian newspaper The Age a story was written about Wang “William” Liqiang, a Chinese spy who recently defected to Australia.
This piece revealed Wang’s observations about Chinese intelligence operations.
Wang even disclosed the identities of China’s senior military intelligence officers in Hong Kong. Additionally, he revealed how Chinese intelligence operatives fund and carry out political interference operations in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Australia.
Wang took his material to Australia’s counter-espionage agency, ASIO, and is currently seeking political asylum, which may open up another point of controversy between Australia and China.
In a statement he gave ASIO, Wang said, “I have personally been involved and participated in a series of espionage activities.” Wang’s return to China could potentially lead to his detention and even a possible execution. Wang used a tourist visa to enter Australia and is now in an undisclosed location while he seeks urgent protection from the Australian government.
The former Chinese spy went on interviews with The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and 60 Minutes where he explained how Beijing controls listed companies behind the shadows to finance intelligence operation, which includes spying and profiling dissidents and co-opting media organizations.
Wang has also disclosed details about the kidnapping of five booksellers from Hong Kong and their rendition to mainland China. The former spy’s testimony highlights how China’s spies are infiltrating Hong Kong’s democracy movement, meddling in Taiwan’s elections, and operating with virtual impunity in Australia.
ASIO has warned on multiple occasions that the current threat of foreign interference is “unprecedented” and the number of foreign intelligence officers conducting operations in Australia is currently higher than it was during the Cold War.
However, ASIO has never officially named China as a security threat, given the country’s close economic ties to Australia. Such a declaration could potentially damage economic relations between the two countries. Wang declared that the Chinese Communist Party under Xi Jinping “infiltrates all countries in areas such as military, business and culture, in order to achieve its goal.”
Wang added, “You shouldn’t underestimate our organisation … We were cultivated and trained by the organisation for many years before taking up important positions.” He noted that the Chinese Communist Party “wants to ensure no one threatens its authority.”
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