Friday, July 18, 2014

Chinese spies keep eye on leading universities

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''.

''I was interrogated four times in China,'' said a senior lecturer at a high-ranking Australian university. He said he was questioned by China's main spy agency over comments he made at a seminar about democracy at the University of NSW.

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