NZ Chinese-born MP embroiled in spy scandal

NZ Chinese-born MP embroiled in spy scandal - MacroBusiness
Via Newsroom

     A National Party MP who studied at an elite Chinese spy school before moving to New Zealand has attracted the interest of our Security Intelligence Service.
The list MP Jian Yang did not mention in his work or political CVs a decade he spent in the People’s Liberation Army-Air Force Engineering College or the Luoyang language institute run by China’s equivalent of the United States National Security Agency.
That agency, the Third Department, conducts spying activities for China.

     Newsroom has been told that to have taught at the Air Force Engineering College, Yang would have almost certainly been an officer in Chinese military intelligence and a member of the Communist Party, as other students and staff have been.
Yang studied and then taught there before moving to Australia where he attended the Australian National University in Canberra. He migrated to this country to teach international relations in the politics department at the University of Auckland.

     He was hand-picked by National Party president Peter Goodfellow to become an MP on its list in 2011, wooed directly by the former Prime Minister John Key and has been a key fundraiser for National among the Chinese community in Auckland.
As an MP he variously served on Parliament’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (from 2014 until last year), Commerce, Transport and Industrial Relations and Health and Science select committees and is prominent in New Zealand’s interactions with the Chinese community and diplomatic and consular missions in Wellington and Auckland. He remains a Parliamentary Private Secretary for ethnic affairs.

Yang confirms
     Newsroom has worked with the Financial Times  in Hong Kong to investigate Yang’s background.
We can reveal Yang confirmed in a recorded interview in Chinese with The Financial Times that he attended both military institutions.
In his comments to the FT researcher, Yang twice urged her to concentrate on the New Zealand election. “You don’t need to write too much about myself,” he said, adding later: “As for me myself, actually I don’t feel it’s necessary to include so many detailed things.”

     Interviewed today, by Newsroom, Yang refused to comment, saying repeatedly on camera: “Talk to my boss” and “I have nothing to hide”. He then drove away.
Yang later released a statement saying he refuted “any allegations that question my loyalty to New Zealand”.
The statement said he had been “nothing but upfront and transparent” about his education and employment.
Yang challenged those who were “propagating these defamatory statements” to front up and prove them.
“This is a smear campaign by nameless people who are out to damage me and the National Party 10 days from an election, just because I am Chinese.”

     An expert in Chinese intelligence Peter Mattis told Newsroom from the US that someone who attended and then taught at the Air Force Engineering College and attended the language institute would almost certainly have been an officer in China’s PLA and member of the Communist Party

NZ Chinese-born MP embroiled in spy scandal
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