June 8, 2005


Second Chinese Official Seeks Asylum In Australia (Phil Mercer, 08 June 2005, VOA News)

A second Chinese official is seeking political asylum in Australia. The former security agent has claimed he was a member of China's internal police force working to persecute dissidents. His bid for asylum follows a similar application by a senior Chinese diplomat in Sydney. Both men have claimed that Beijing has hundreds of spies in Australia. China has strongly denied the allegations.

Hao Feng Jun has said he worked as a police officer in a specialist security unit known as 610 in the port city of Tianjin in northern China. His primary responsibility was monitoring the activities of the Falun Gong meditation movement and Mr. Hao claims to have seen members of the group tortured. He insisted he has a catalogue of sensitive information about the way Beijing spies on its political opponents at home and overseas. He also has alleged that Beijing was sending businessmen and students to foreign countries to work as secret agents.

In February, while he was in Australia as a tourist, the 32-year-old former security official applied for political asylum. He is waiting to see if Canberra will grant him refugee status.

Mr. Hao is the second Chinese official to seek sanctuary in Australia in the past two weeks.

A senior diplomat, Chen Yonglin, is fighting to stay in the country after walking out from his job as the first secretary at the Chinese consulate-general in Sydney at the end of last month.

Mr. Chen claimed that 1,000 Chinese spies were operating in Australia and he is seeking to defect because of what he described as Beijing's "abusive treatment" of its political opponents. These allegations have been supported by Hao Feng Jun. He has told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that it is now far too dangerous for him to return to his homeland

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 8, 2005 11:35 AM

Some Australians think it better to return those Chinese to The Motherland, rather than disrupt the cozy economic benefits OZ has established with China.

Murricans have to realize that China is a lot closer to OZ than to them , so adverse consequences from China to OZ may be more terrifying.

Posted by: John J. Coupal at June 8, 2005 11:55 AM

Condo = Condi?

Posted by: AWW at June 8, 2005 1:28 PM

A thousand spies in Australia? If true (and I don't disbelieve it), puts the Wen Ho Lee/Los Alamos Labs case in a new light, doesn't it. 'X', what do you think?

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at June 8, 2005 9:52 PM

Fred, you're absolutely right.

The current problem with the Chinese-American civil rights establishment is that it cries racism at the drop of a hat and doesn't want to acknowledge there really are Chinese Communist spies. Making things worse is that far too many first- and second-generation Chinese-Americans are enthralled by the vision of a rising China, even if that China is controlled by Communists. Anyone who reads the Chinese-American press, whether in English or Chinese, will readily see both sets of sentiment.

In the long run, this political naivete will only hurt this country and the vast majority of Chinese-Americans who are loyal to it.

Posted by: X at June 11, 2005 11:52 PM