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Australia investigates Chinese spy ring allegation

Intel agency looks into claim Beijing tried to recruit parliamentary candidate

Australia's Parliament House in Canberra: Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the allegations “deeply disturbing and troubling" while there was no word from the Chinese embassy about the matter.   © Reuters

SYDNEY/TAIPEI/BEIJING (Financial Times) -- Australia’s intelligence agency is investigating claims that a Chinese espionage ring attempted to recruit an agent to run as a candidate in the last federal election in a bid to install a spy in the nation’s parliament. 

In a highly unusual move, Mike Burgess, Asio’s director-general of security, released a statement late on Sunday outlining that the agency was taking the allegations seriously and had been investigating the matter for some time. 

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