April 22, 2014

Chinese Spies Keep Eye on Leading Universities

John Garnaut, Sydney Morning Herald

The Associated Press

China is building large covert spy networks inside Australia's leading universities, prompting Australia to strengthen its counter-intelligence capabilities. Chinese intelligence officials have confirmed to Fairfax Media that they are building informant networks to monitor Australia's ethnic Chinese community to protect Beijing's ''core interests''. Much of the monitoring work takes place in higher education institutions (including Melbourne University and Sydney University), where more than 90,000 students from mainland China are potentially exposed to ideas and activities not readily available at home.

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