Chinese Student Spy Defects to Australia

By Daniel Granger

On July 27, 2012 @ 8:35 pm

A Chinese male student who worked as a spy while studying overseas has been granted an Australian protection visa, after claiming that he will be persecuted if he returns to China.



The man, whose name remains undisclosed, submitted an application for review to the Australian Government’s Refugee Review Tribunal (RRT) after he was initially denied a protection visa by the Immigration Department.

The initial Immigration Department decision was overturned by the Tribunal, which recognised him as a protected person under the Refugees Convention.

The young man’s story began in a city in China’s Fujian Province, when he joined the Police Academy after graduating from high school. At the academy he was selected by the National Security Bureau (NSB) to study overseas, with all expenses paid for by the bureau.

There was just one catch; in exchange for the free ride, the man was required to monitor other students who displayed anti-communist sentiments and to report on the activities of Falun Gong practitioners.

The man and his father signed a contract saying if the man didn’t fulfil these duties, both would be liable to repay the money and subject to “punishment”.


Despite signing the contract and seriously implicating his family, the man admitted to the RRT, “I just wanted to have the chance to study in the overseas … I never intended to do anything for the NSB.”

After he signed the contract, the man underwent a month of intensive language and cultural training alongside many other students recruited by the NSB.

The man arrived in an undisclosed overseas country, where the NSB paid for him to live in an 8-bedroom house full of recruited students.

There were also two contact points or ‘handlers’ who assigned the students tasks.

The handlers requested that the man find a student who had sent to China copies of Falun Gong books and the Epoch Times report, The Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. The latter, viewed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as “anti-communist” is linked to the global ‘Quitting the CCP’ movement which has facilitated 120 million Chinese people declaring their withdrawal from the Party and its affiliated organisations.



The man was remorseful in his statement to the RRT, saying, “I detest in my heart very much that the Communist Government always infringe on basic human rights of Chinese citizens and firmly believe that everyone have the right to freedom of thought, conscious and religion.”

A record of the RRT’s decision and associated evidence can be accessed here.

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