New Zealand instructor suspects Chinese spy invading classroom


Three New Zealand university lecturers specializing in Chinese issues explained how unregistered individuals witnessed classrooms, observed or photographed lectures.

This revelation emerges as New Zealand (NZ) authorities strive to strengthen the country’s national security amid ongoing concerns about the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) interference with domestic affairs.

Stephen Noakes, a senior lecturer in politics and international affairs at the University of Auckland, once said that someone was taking pictures during his class.

“There was a stranger in the room who was pointing the phone and taking a picture of the slides,” he said. Redline Podcast Series.. “It made me incredibly uncomfortable, and I followed it up afterwards. I’ve never met that person again.”

Catherine Churchman, a Chinese history expert at Victoria University of Wellington, said in 2017 that students corrected her about the content of her lectures and what her “official position” was on a particular historical issue. Said he started talking to.

“I saw him and I thought,’What are you really? [doing] Anyway in my class? “And he said,” I’m a visiting scholar. “And I said,” Well, you can’t be here, “she said.

Churchman told him to leave, but later revealed that he had seen him get off the bus near the Chinese embassy in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital.

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Exterior view of Victoria University of Wellington’s Lecture Theater in Wellington, New Zealand, April 16, 2004. (Michael Bradley / Getty Images)

“Maybe this was a complete coincidence. Maybe he lived there. I don’t know,” she said.

Anne-Marie Brady, a Chinese expert at the University of Canterbury, said people she had never met would often appear in her class.

“I wasn’t enrolled students, I was calling people who were there to observe and confuse me into my class.” If I wasn’t enrolled in my class, I wouldn’t pay. So I can’t be here, “she said.

At one point in 2019 she had to force a woman to leave.

“She wanted to stay and observe, not just observe. It was a destructive and somewhat intimidating way for some other people in the class,” she said. Said.

Chris Welan, CEO of a New Zealand university, said the group attended classes and received complaints from individuals filming students.

“We don’t necessarily know if it’s a spy or exactly what’s going on. There’s enough concern there and we encourage scholars to be aware of this. “I will.”

He said the university is committed to protecting intellectual property and ensuring that NZ’s free and open society is not compromised.

The revelation from the Red Line comes as the New Zealand government continues to steadily readjust its relations between New Zealand and China.

According to Anne-Marie Brady, the government has passed new legislation since 2018 and is implementing “quiet policy adjustments” to counter foreign intervention in Beijing’s internal affairs.

This was evidenced by the double resignation of two Chinese lawmakers last year. Kuomintang Yang Jiang resigned from parliament on July 10, 2020, and Labor Raymond Huo resigned on July 21, just 11 days later.

Leaders of both major parties continued to talk about whether NZ security agencies were involved in the resignation.

Concerns are also rising about New Zealand universities that provide technical know-how to Chinese institutions related to the PLA.

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