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Chinese scholars revoked visas and four journalist in Australia were 'censored'

Source: xkb.com.au
[时政新闻]     10 Sep 2020
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) claims that two senior Chinese scholars were revoked by Australia and four journalist of three Chinese media in Sydney were searched by Australian intelligence authorities, triggering an angry response government China.
Chinese scholars revoked visas and four journalist in Australia were 'censored'

Li Jianjun (upper left), Chen Hong (upper right), Li Dayong (lower left) and Tao Duran (lower right)

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) claims that two senior Chinese scholars were revoked by Australia and four journalist of three Chinese media in Sydney were searched by Australian intelligence authorities, triggering an angry response government China.

One Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalist and one Australian Financial economic (AFR) journalist were questioned by Chinese police in Beijing and Shanghai, respectively, For fear of being detained, Fly back to Australia yesterday morning. Meanwhile, ABC found four Chinese journalist homes in Australia, Checked with Chinese embassy yesterday, China embassy didn't respond, But in several Chinese media outlets, a Xinhua article entitled "White Terror" in Australia, Disclosed at dawn on June 26, Australian National Intelligence Agency personnel without any justification, Without any evidence, "Raid" searches of Chinese media journalist residences in Australia, For hours of questioning journalist, and take away journalist work computer, mobile phone, mobile U disk, text manuscript, etc. Australian intelligence personnel also asked the Chinese journalist to "keep secret" about the search activity.

ABC this afternoon revealed the identities of two senior scholars who had been revoked by Australia and two of the four Chinese journalist who had been "censored" by the authorities.

Two of the Chinese journalist searched were Tao She-lan, the station chief of China News Service's Australian journalist Station, and Li Dayong, the station chief of China Radio International's journalist Station in Australia. The visa was revoked by Professor Chen Hong, Director of the Australian Research Center of East China normal University, and Li Jianjun, Director of the Australian Research Center of Beijing Foreign Studies University. They were implicated in the investigation by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Security Intelligence Agency (ASIO) into the case councillor Mo Selman (Shaoquett Moselmane) and his office clerk, Zhang Zhisen.

The four scholars and journalist are involved because they are members of a social app group of Zhang Zhisen, and authorities are investigating whether Zhang Zhisen uses this social app group to influence Mosselman councillor, thereby advancing the interests of Chinese government.

Cheung has denied the federal police's allegations and filed a prosecute lawsuit with the federal supreme court asking the federal police to stop his investigation and to return or destroy items searched from his home and office.

"Ultimately, the Australian survey proved that Chinese journalists did not engage in activities that were inconsistent with their identity ," China News Service said last night. "

The Chinese embassy subsequently stated in a statement to ABC that it "provided consular support to the Chinese journalist of Australia and intervened with the Australian authorities to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of the Chinese citizen. "

Professor Chen Hong of East China normal University and Li Jianjun researcher of Beijing Foreign Studies University often come to Australia for academic exchanges. Both have published books about Australia and have been interviewed by Australian and Chinese media on bilateral relationship.

ABC also learned that the Australian Home Office had written to the two Chinese scholars to inform them that their Australian visa had been revoked. ABC contacted Australian Foreign Minister Penn (Marise Payne) and Home Affairs minister Du Dun (Peter Dutton) in this regard, but has not yet received a reply this afternoon.

Professor Chen Hong is a friend of former Australian Foreign Minister and former New State Governor Boca (Bob Carr), and former Australian Prime Minister Hock (Bob Hawke) was a translator when he visited China in 1994. He is currently the executive vice president of the China Australian Research Association. His monographs include Contemporary Australian Society, From Isolation to the World: A Brief Introduction to Australian Culture, and Australian Literary Criticism.

Prior to his visa revocation, Li was a PhD student at the University of Western Sydney academic degree, and received a 60,000-yuan Australian-Chinese scholarship from mining giant BHP Billiton Group (BHP Billiton) for his visa. However, with the student visa revoked, Li Jianjun will not be able to complete his Ph.D. at the University of Western Australia academic degree. he is currently secretary-general of the China Australian Research Association. His books include "Looking at Australia Across the Sea: Australia in the Eyes of the Chinese "," Australian Blue Book: Australian Development Report (2015-2016)" and" Australia's Asian View: From Yellow Peril "to the Asian Century ".

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