China says spy seek­ing asy­lum is a fraud­ster

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China re­futed the claims of a self-con­fessed spy seek­ing asy­lum in Aus­tralia, say­ing yes­ter­day he is a con­victed fraud­ster wanted by Shang­hai po­lice. The Nine Net­work news­pa­pers re­ported that Chi­nese de­fec­tor Wang “Wil­liam” Liqiang has given Aus­tralia’s counter-es­pi­onage agency inside in­tel­li­gence on Bei­jing’s in­ter­fer­ence oper­a­tions abroad and re­vealed the iden­ti­ties of China’s se­nior mil­i­tary in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers in Hong Kong. Mr Wang claimed he was in­volved in the kid­nap­ping in 2015 of one of five Hong Kong book­sell­ers. The in­ci­dent has been a ref­er­ence point for pro­test­ers dur­ing the on­go­ing un­rest in Hong Kong. Mr Wang said he was liv­ing in Syd­ney with his wife and in­fant son on a tourist visa and had asked for po­lit­i­cal asy­lum.

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