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Defence Expert Suggests Increase in Government’s Utilization of Spies within the CCP

Governments may increase their espionage efforts in China in response to weakening transparency from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership, according to an Australian defence expert.

Michael Shoebridge, director at Strategic Analysis Australia, made the comments as attention focuses on the CCP’s espionage interference overseas.

“As Xi Jinping closes China to foreign journalists and academics and makes it harder for foreign businesses to operate there, there will be an increasing drive by other countries’ government agencies to get sources inside Chinese institutions and organisations,” he wrote in an email to The Epoch Times on Sept. 12.

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“Unlike Beijing’s efforts overseas, that is far less likely to involve trying to interfere in politics and decision making in China and be much more focused on gaining information and insights about the opaque workings of the CCP and those around Xi.”

CCP Spy Found in UK Parliament

The comments come after a UK Parliament researcher was arrested on suspicions of “spying for China” and is alleged to have fed information to Beijing through his position as a researcher for a member of Parliament.

The suspect, arrested and released on bail in March, is a male Briton in his late 20s who studied and worked in China, according to The Times newspaper.

The report said the man had high-level security clearance and had helped shape the UK’s China policy.

Following the report, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak told broadcasters at the G20 summit in New Delhi that he had raised “a range of different concerns” with Chinese Premier Li Qiang, including his “very strong concerns about any interference in [the UK’s] parliamentary democracy, which is obviously unacceptable.”

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak walks at Downing Street in London on Sept. 6, 2023. (Reuters/Susannah Ireland/File Photo)
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak walks at Downing Street in London on Sept. 6, 2023. (Reuters/Susannah Ireland/File Photo)

Australian Policymakers Warn About Foreign Interference

Labor MP Peter Khalil, the chair of parliament’s intelligence and security committee, has warned Australians to remain “vigilant” against foreign interference.

“People really have to be aware and be vigilant of those attempts,” Mr. Khalil told ABC radio on Sept. 12.

“The security agencies and the intelligence agencies are responsible for the vetting of staff.

“It’s a pretty deep dive … and that occurs with across departments and the government and the parliament.”

Before this, Liberal Senator James Paterson,

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