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Perhaps it was China’s part in the recent PNG extravaganza of the APEC meeting that has the world watching what the Chinese bullies will do next? Morning Mail posted the story yesterday about WA’s Labor MP Pierre Yang and his associations connected to the Chinese communist government, which he immediately dumped when discovered. Now the MP Yang is drowning in crocodile tears of contrition. Because he is heartbroken about being misunderstood, or because he has been sprung? Andrew Burrell’s examination of Mr Yang in today’s Australian indicates a very busy fellow indeed for what was a Chinese national that came to Australia 20-years ago when he was 15. Yang’s interest in politics and his zeal is exemplary in its accomplishment. The Liberal Party, or any other party could only dream of such an avid party supporter?
Controversial West Australian Labor MP Pierre Yang has recruited a record 500 party members — almost all of them from his local ethnic Chinese community — since being elected to parliament 18 months ago. Some in the Labor Party in WA are worried about the rising influence of Mr Yang — whose network of associates in Perth includes figures sympathetic to the Chinese Communist Party — across branches in Perth.
Source: News Corp
Pierre Yang brings 500 members to the WA Labor Party
The WA division has about 7000 members in total, meaning Mr Yang has enlisted about one in 14 members of the party in the state. This gives him potential influence over party preselections and over policy matters at state and national conferences.
The recruitment drive has been centred on branches in Gosnells and Thornlie, as well as Churchlands in Perth’s western suburbs.
His 500 new members have brought in tens of thousands of dollars in annual membership fees for the party, Labor sources have confirmed.
Mr Yang, the McGowan government’s whip in the upper house, would not say how many members he had helped to sign up.
The Australian revealed this week that Mr Yang had failed to disclose his membership of an association that is affiliated to the Chinese Communist Party and another group that strongly supports Beijing’s military build-up in the disputed South China Sea.
He was also named on a website as a member of the WA branch of the Australian Council for the Promotion of the Peaceful Reunification of China, the most prominent CCP-linked group in Australia.
Mr Yang denies ever being a member of the ACPPRC but is close to many key figures in the WA branch, including chairman Ben Pan and long-time member Edward Zhang. He made a special statement in parliament yesterday in which he pledged his “absolute loyalty” to Australia and spoke of his decade-long service in the Australian Army Reserve.
The Australian revealed yesterday that Mr Yang was deployed on a Chinese government vessel in 2016 searching for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Security experts believe the vessel spent most of its time spying on the Australian military.
He said while he was undergoing training in February 2016, his commander asked him to distribute a missive from army headquarters calling for a reservist who could speak Mandarin to take part in the international search.
“I told my company commander I could speak Chinese,” he said. “He and I and the battalion commander put in my name to the army headquarters that weekend. Within a week, I was selected to be deployed.
“To suggest I was not absolutely loyal to Australia is deeply hurtful,” he said, as he broke down in tears.
It emerged in September 2016 that the Dong Hai Jiu 101 had performed few search operations. Instead, it spent most of the time in or just off Fremantle
Security experts told The Australian at the time that the vessel would have likely gathered intelligence on Australian military activity in “target-rich” WA, which includes the Australian navy submarine base at HMAS Stirling and the Special Air Service Regiment in Perth.