The Chinese Consulate General in Sydney has denied the existence of an intelligence network in Australian universities, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Tuesday.
A report by the Sydney Morning Herald earlier suggested that some Chinese students have been conducting spying activities in Australia in a bid to protect Beijing’s core interests. The newspaper report has called on local authorities to boost their counter-intelligence capabilities. The Chinese Consulate General has since branded such reports as untrue and with a hidden agenda.
An Australian senior university lecturer was believed to have been questioned four times by mainland intelligence units during a visit to China, after the lecturer discussed issues relating to democracy at the University of New South Wales before the trip, the report said.
China has become the biggest source of international students to Australia in recent years.
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