Our Government has finally admitted what many have long suspected: that Australia is the target of extensive Chinese espionage operations.
In a speech in Canberra on Friday, Secretary of the Department of Defence Dennis Richardson said:
“It is no secret that China is very active in intelligence activities directed against us. It is more than cyber.”
He also confirmed that the China is actively trying to manipulate public opinion in the Australian-Chinese community and “effectively controls some Chinese-language media in Australia.”
A spokesman from the Chinese Foreign Ministry hit back, blasting the comments as “irresponsible.”
Richardson added that fears of Chinese spying were a major factor in recent government decisions to reject China-led bids for other pieces of key Australian infrastructure.
Peter Jennings, a former senior official at the Department of Defence, recently warned that in the event of a future dispute, China’s “increasingly nationalist and assertive” government has a clear interest in being able to sabotage Australian infrastructure.
In the light of these comments, Australians will be wondering why the Government has now decided to wave through Chinese state miner Yancoal’s bid for a massive chunk of Newcastle Port: Australia’s most important export port.
Fortunately, it’s not too late to block this deal. Rio Tinto, the company that’s trying to sell off their stake in the Port, now has to put it to their shareholders, who can still vote it down.
Some of Rio biggest shareholders are Aussie pension funds, who are owned by all us and who have to represent the views of their members.
If you want to stop the sell-off of this critical national asset, click here to send them an automated email telling them why you want them to vote against.