Investigations of influence: Australian MP denies spying for China

Australia's secret service has been spying for the home and office of a regional Parliament's deputies searched the suspect for China. "I have done nothing w

Investigations of influence: Australian MP denies spying for China

Australia's secret service has been spying for the home and office of a regional Parliament's deputies searched the suspect for China. "I have done nothing wrong," said the MP Shaoquett Moselmane on Monday. The espionage allegations against him he called a "political Lynching".

The investigation against Shaoquett is according to the authorities, part of a months-long investigation of a possible influence of Beijing in Australia. The Chinese foreign Ministry denied on Monday any interference in Australian Affairs, and accused Australian politicians of a China-hostile attitude.

Mosolmane, meanwhile, of the center-left Opposition in the Parliament of New South Wales was suspended, is accused of no longer too close to China. His regular trips to China, as well as his positive attitude towards Beijing resulted in criticism among parliamentary colleagues. Moselmane defended his travel and said that he had delivered in China, among other things, wheelchairs to the orphan children.

The tensions between Canberra and Beijing had worsened recently. So China had imposed in may, punitive tariffs for a range of Australian products. The relations between the two countries will also be impacted by the Corona pandemic. Allegations of the Australian government, China tended to obscure the origins of the pandemic, triggered in Beijing, the angry reactions. China advises its citizens now traveling to Australia.

Updated Date: 29 June 2020, 10:19

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