30.06.20. Author Clive Hamilton says the Global Times claiming Australia is intensifying an espionage offensive against China is simply expressing the threats and language Communist Party leaders cannot publicly use. The Global Times is “hyper-nationalistic tabloid of the Chinese Communist Party” used as a mouthpiece of Chinese leadership on international issues according to Mr Hamilton. The Chinese state-owned news service claimed on Sunday “Australia is waging an intensifying espionage offensive against China”. “Instigating defection among Chinese nationals, spying on Chinese students and organizations in Australia, feeding fake news to media to hype up the ‘China espionage theory’ and even in early years attempting to install wiretaps in the Chinese Embassy in Canberra, the Global Times has learned from a source with a Chinese law-enforcement agency”. Mr Hamilton told Sky News host Peter Gleeson the article seems to be sending a warning that China is “planning some kind of serious retaliation”.
Source: Sky News