Labor and Kuomintang leaders in New Zealand (NZ) refused to confirm or deny whether the resignation of two Chinese parliamentarians last year was due to security concerns about their ties to Beijing. ..
Kuomintang Yang Jiang resigned as a member of parliament on July 10, 2020, and the ruling Labor Party Raymond Foo resigned on July 21, 11 days later.
Their withdrawal from the political arena arose as concerns continued about their ties to Chinese Communist Party (CCP) affiliates.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, “We will not confirm or reject security briefings that we have received or have not received.” Told the staff..
Kuomintang leader Judith Collins also said the party would not comment on security and information briefings.
Both parties responded to the anonymous allegations made by. News website Politik Their resignations allege that they were planned after a security briefing to party leaders.
Mr. Yang has been a member of parliament since 2011, but a 2017 research report revealed that he had worked and taught in Chinese military institutions for over 15 years.
Mr. Yang studied at the Lu Lu Lu Yang Foreign Language Institute in China and was a member of the PLA’s third division, the military division of the Chinese Communist Party. The third part is involved in monitoring foreign telecommunications.
Yang then spent five years at the Air Force College of Engineering. He told The Associated Press that he was teaching students English and American studies.
“If you define these cadets, or students, as spies, yes, I was teaching spies,” he said, saying he understood the concerns raised by the past.
“I understand that people can be worried because they don’t understand the Chinese system,” he said.
Yang also, Chinese experts and is Anne-Marie of Brady of the 2017 paper: There is also the subject of “magic weapon Chinese political influence activities in Xi Jinping”, clarify the scope of Beijing’s interference activities in New Zealand This is an epoch-making document.
According to the newspaper, Labor Party Huo claimed to have “very close ties with New Zealand’s representative from the People’s Republic of China” and had ties to the United Front Work Department of the Communist Party of China. Political activity.
Mr. Huo chaired the Parliamentary Judiciary Committee in 2019 and was tasked with investigating foreign interference issues in New Zealand. Brady was then blocked By four Labor lawmakers testifying to the Commission. Huo later withdrew.
The exposure took place before Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrived for a high-level meeting with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
At the end of the meeting, the two leaders issued a statement. Extensive Joint Statement Addresses several issues related to Beijing’s growing aggression in the Indo-Pacific region, including the takeover of Hong Kong, the militarization of the South China Sea, and human rights abuses against Uighurs ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.