- Hillary Clinton warned Australia and New Zealand to take China’s interference attempts “seriously.”
- Clinton also praised a New Zealand academic, Anne-Marie Brady, who has pioneered work on the Chinese Communist Party’s secretive arm that tries to influence policies overseas.
- Brady was targeted in a number of break-ins and threats at her office and home. Burglars stole computers, phones, and flash drives, some of which were related to her work.
In Auckland as part of a speaking tour, Hillary Clinton warned about China’s foreign-interference campaigns and urged the countries to take the issue “seriously.”
“In Australia and here in New Zealand experts are sounding the alarm about Chinese efforts to gain political power and influence policy decisions,” Clinton said.
Attempts by China’s Communist Party (CCP) to influence local and national politics has been gaining steam in Australia, in particular.
The federal government has drafted a bill outlawing foreign interference and political donations, and a former adviser to the prime minister even spoke on the matter with the US House Armed Services Committee in March.
But Clinton also praised a local New Zealand academic who has done pioneering work on China’s United Front, the CCP’s secretive arm that tries to promote the party’s policies…