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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.