UK media is reporting that a Chinese-Australian community leader has become the first person charged with a foreign interference offense under news laws established in 2018. According to The Guardian report:
November 5, 2020 A Chinese-Australian community figure who was pictured with federal minister Alan Tudge donating $30,000 in Covid-19 relief to a Melbourne hospital in June has become the first person charged with a foreign interference offence. Di Sanh Duong, known as Sunny, appeared before the Melbourne magistrates court on Thursday charged with preparing for a foreign interference offence. Australian federal police deputy commissioner Ian McCartney confirmed it was the first time someone had been charged with the offence since new national security laws were passed in 2018. No further information was released about the alleged offending. Duong is the president of the Oceania Federation of Chinese Organisations from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. In June, he appeared with Tudge, the acting minister for immigration and multicultural affairs, at Royal Melbourne hospital to donate $37,000.
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Other recent Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reporting on Chinese influence operations in the Asian-Pacific region has included:
- A report on the awarding of what was described as a” meaningless” academic qualification to a Hong King businessman tied to Chinese authorities.
- A report on the case of a university professor accused of making errors in her report on Chinese influence within the country’s university system.
- A report that Facebook had dismantled a Chinese disinformation network targeting the Philippines promoting politicians favorable to China