May 28, 2018
By: Tara Francis Chan
A secret report commissioned by Australia’s prime minister found attempts by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to influence all levels of government.
- The report found the CCP’s interference attempts have been going on for a decade, and described China as the country that is most concerning to Australia.
- The inquiry was led by a former government adviser who spoke to the US Armed Services Committee about China’s growing political interference earlier this year.
A classified government report uncovered attempts by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to influence all levels of politics in Australia.
The report was commissioned by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in 2016, and used the resources of both the prime minister’s office and the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO).
According to the Australian news outlet 9News, and later confirmed by Fairfax Media, the yearlong inquiry found the CCP has tried to influence policy and gain access to all levels of government for a decade. The report also described China as the most concerning country to Australia.
It was the work of this inquiry, which also looked into China’s influence attempts on the media and academia, that led Turnbull to propose new laws targeting espionage, foreign political donations and foreign interference in December 2017. [FULL STORY]