Chinese newspaper accused Australia of spying on China

Vastavam web:  A Chinese state-run newspaper today accused Australia of spying on China and stealing its technology, weeks after Beijing rejected allegations of interference in Australian politics.An employee of China’s national security department told the Global Times that Australian intelligence agents “in disguise” collect information from Chinese people overseas or “even encourage them to subvert China”.”In global covert struggles, Australia had never played the role of victim,” the unidentified staffer was quoted as saying.”However, they are wantonly working on intelligence about China and groundlessly accusing China of spying on them. The logic is ridiculous.”

An investigation by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Fairfax Media found the country’s political elite had been warned two years ago about taking donations from two billionaires with links to the Chinese Communist Party.But despite being cautioned by the nation’s spy agency both the Liberal and Labour parties continued accepting substantial sums of cash.Following the report Canberra announced it had launched an inquiry into espionage laws and foreign government interference.China’s foreign ministry has called the reports “totally groundless” and said Australian media should not “waste their time on such meaningless and malicious” stories.Some have been sent back to China to “gather information”, the report said.It also accused Australia of “stealing Chinese technology” and installing listening devices in China’s embassy.