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Australia’s intelligence chief warns of ‘unprecedented’ foreign interference with more spies now than during the Cold War

Amid China-Australia tensions, the director-general of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) warned that foreign interference is occurring on an "unprecedented scale." Duncan Lewis also said there are now more foreign agents than during the Cold War.

Australia’s postal service opened a store whose only customers are personal shoppers for Chinese buyers

Australia Post opened a concept store in Sydney selling health and beauty products that customers ship to China. The pilot is targeting Daigou, overseas personal shoppers who buy health and beauty products for customers in China — a market worth hundreds of millions.
Exfiltrated content included military photos with US army personnel

Pakistani military allegedly accessed data of US, UK, and Australian officials and diplomats

Victims unknowingly gave access to images of US military hardware, photos of passports, details of diplomatic visits, and letters from senior officials. The malware could also detect when a victim was driving and turn off SMS and internet reception during that time.
United Nations General Assembly at U.N. Headquarters in New York City.

A Chinese-Australian billionaire funded UN bribes investigated by the FBI, an Australian politician alleges

An Australian billionaire and political donor funded a $200,000 bribe to a former president of the UN General Assembly, an Australian MP has alleged. Billionaire Chau Chak Wing is an influential donor who has attracted attention in the past.

RANKED: The 29 richest countries in the world

Size doesn't always mean wealth when it comes to the world's richest countries, according to data published in April by the International Monetary Fund.
Dried coral lies on a beach as the sun sets on Lady Elliot Island located 80 kilometers north-east from the town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia.

Climate change is one of Australia’s biggest national security risks

Climate change poses a "current and existential national security risk" to Australia, according to an Australian Senate inquiry. The report said the Asia-Pacific region is "most vulnerable" to risks associated with climate change, that could increase the potential for conflict.

China successfully influenced an Australian council to paint over students’ flags of Taiwan

An Australian city mayor admitted that, at the request of a Chinese official, its local council got rid of a Taiwanese flag that some school students painted as part of an art exhibit. The Rockhampton Regional Council invited students from a number of schools in April to paint six statues of bulls.

Hillary Clinton is warning Australia to resist China’s creeping influence in Asia before it spreads to the rest of the world

Clinton said China wants to extend its influence "first throughout Asia — then, throughout the world." The former Secretary of State compared China's "under the radar" efforts to the way Russian actors used covert social media campaigns to influence the 2016 US election.

The new owner of Cambodia’s last independent newspaper has purged staff for writing about its sale

At least six staff have been fired or resigned after the The Phnom Penh Post's new owner demanded an article be taken down. Cambodia is seeing a sweeping crackdown on media and Prime Minister Hun Sen has taken steps to silence political opposition and media dissent.