- students (especially graduate, post-graduate level working in "dual-use" high tech areas)
- academics, scientists (PhD on up) especially on high tech.
- engineers, business people (targets as above)
- journalists (usually official news agencies) also useful for influence spreading
- pro-China Australian citizens (including some politicians)
- "diplomats" and defence attaches (may be involved in directing and debriefing those categories
above), See article below.
- Chinese, China based government officials of all types active in directing and/or debriefing
Chinese (or non-Chinese Aussies?) travellers/residents, who were/are/will be, in Australia.
Intelligence gathering is a standard assumption. Intelligence might more often be collected in fragments (ie. bit by bit collection from all sources and methods). This is in contrast to the popular assumption of fully paid-up, dedicated human agents/moles (often with false identities) in the John le Carré "Soviet bloc tradition".
Other Chinese activities-objectives may include:
- spreading pro-Beijing political influence through "Agents of Influence". More specifically China
may influence Australian politics and perhaps compromise Australian politicians (recent
- security monitoring by Chinese diplomats (helped by informants) of any/all of the Chinese groups
while in Australia. This is monitoring particulary of Chinese deemed to be involved in:
: overseas Uyghur or Uighur ("East Turkestan) Xinjiang Independence Groups (some
in China are involved in Islamic terrorism). See February 2017 report of Uighur militant
jihadists from China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Region fighting for various causes in Syria
= The Diplomat's “How Serious Is the Islamic State Threat to China?” of March 14, 2017
: Falun Gong or
: some Christian influences).
China is not the only security/influence/intelligence threat to Australia, of course.
BACKGROUND AND ARTICLE
Regarding Chinese Government special political and intelligence activity in Australia, 2008 to the present. In 2008 Chinese diplomats organised and payed costs of at least 10,000 pro-Beijing supporters (Chinese students) (see photo above). The students travelled 100's of kms, from Sydney and Melbourne to Canberra (Australia's capital). This was for a 2 hour "spontaneous" loyalty demonstration. Pro-Tibet democracy protesters were crowded out and intimidated as were Australian police. The occasion was the pro-Beijing Olympics (2008) Torch Relay. Location was the usually Australian Federal Government controlled Federal Triangle, Canberra, 24 April 2008.
Just imagine if the Australian Embassy tried to do the same "support" protest organising in Beijing? Tiananmen Square II? (Photo courtesy Getty images).
some emphasis to Chen Yonglin's revelations about Chinese intelligence activities.