(ABC) Chen Yonglin, the Chinese diplomat who sensationally quit his job more than a decade ago, has broken a lengthy silence to warn of a growing number of spies and agents working for Beijing in Australia.
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The former diplomat, who now works as a businessman, has warned the number of secretive Chinese operatives has steadily grown since he stopped working for China’s foreign service.
“There should be some increase after over 10 years because China is now the wealthiest government in the world, they should have money, they should be [able] to afford raise a huge number of spies here,” he told ABC News.
In 2005, Mr Chen caused global headlines when he claimed China was operating a network of “over 1,000 Chinese secret agents and informants in Australia”.
He stressed the increase was mainly in casual informants who provided crucial pieces of intelligence to Beijing.
Chinese spies in Australia on the rise, former diplomat Chen Yonglin says – ABC Online https://t.co/MxbdyW07Qo
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Since successfully seeking political asylum in Australia, Mr Chen said he had become growingly concerned about Beijing’s influence in his new home.