China wants to ‘take over’ Australia by dominating politics, business and the media | Daily Mail Online

Retiring ASIO boss issues a chilling warning that China seeks to ‘take over’ Australia

Retired ASIO chief Duncan Lewis (pictured) has accused the Chinese government of using ‘insidious’ foreign interference

Retired ASIO chief Duncan Lewis has accused the Chinese government of using ‘insidious’ foreign interference operations to ‘take over’ Australia’s political system.

Anyone in political office could be a target, the former spy chief told the political journal Quarterly Essay in an interview to be published next week.

Mr Lewis claimed Chinese authorities were trying to ‘place themselves in a position of advantage’ by in political, social, business and media circles, The Sydney Morning Herald reported on Friday, citing the interview.

‘Espionage and foreign interference is insidious. Its effects might not present for decades and by that time it’s too late,’ he said.

‘You wake up one day and find decisions made in our country that are not in the interests of our country.’

In the interview, Mr Lewis warns covert foreign intrusion into the heart of Australian politics is ‘something we need to be very, very careful about’.

His remarks come after Liberal MPs Andrew Hastie and Senator James Paterson were denied visas to travel to China for a study tour after they criticised its human rights record.

In an opinion piece published in The Australian on Thursday, senior Chinese diplomat Wang Xining accused the MPs of having double standards and showing disrespect.

‘It is cynical that in a country boasting freedom of speech, different views from another nation are constantly and intentionally obliterated,’ Mr Wang wrote.

In the interview, Mr Lewis warns covert foreign intrusion into the heart of Australian politics is ‘something we need to be very, very careful about’ (pictured is a reeducation centre in Xinjiang province)

‘Understanding truth succumbs to being politically right. A people said to be audacious and adventurous like kangaroos are scared of stepping out of the comfort zone of ideas and thinking.’

Mr Wang said Australians would be astounded to know the Chinese people overwhelmingly supported the government’s decision to ban Mr Hastie and Senator Paterson.

Mr Lewis retired in September after five years as the head of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.

In October, a Four Corners investigation lifted the lid on dubious relationships between a number of Beijing-backed entities and Australia’s top tertiary institutions.

The program revealed a University of Queensland professor who received $2.6million in taxpayer-funded grants used the money to set up a tech company in China which monitored members of the Uyghur minority group.

His remarks come after Liberal MPs Andrew Hastie (left) and Senator James Paterson (right) were denied visas to travel to China for a study tour after they criticised its human rights record 

China analyst Alex Joske from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute warned our institutions are being infiltrated by China-owned or backed entities, and singled out UQ for its ‘concerning activity’.

‘[The university] engages in particularly high levels of collaboration, some of which has raised serious human rights concerns,’ Mr Joske told Four Corners.

Mr Joske also warned the Australian National University in Canberra, the country’s top ranked tertiary institution, has more than 30 joint projects with Chinese defence universities.

More than 700 Chinese navy sailors, including some armed with guns, arrived in Sydney in June

He said the university, which receives defence funding for its artificial intelligence programs, trained a Chinese PhD student working on drone swarms.

In July, a flotilla of three Chinese warships with 700 sailors on board arrived a for a secret visit to Sydney.  

Sailors were lined up on the ships in combat uniform, with some carrying guns.

Since coming to power, President Xi Jinping has invested heavily in the People’s Liberation Army Navy – in a bid to project Chinese influence across the Pacific and beyond. 

Three Chinese warships arrived at Sydney’s Garden Island for a four-day stopover just days after it was revealed China had confronted an Australian vessel in the South China Sea

The ship arrived on a ‘secret visit’, amid heightened concern about Beijing’s growing clout and military muscle flexing

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New 80 minute flight to start from Norwich to Cornwall

PUBLISHED: 15:52 03 October 2019 | UPDATED: 16:44 03 October 2019

Richard Pace, managing director of Norwich Airport. Pic: submitted

A new flight is to start from Norwich to Cornwall it was announced today – which cuts the journey time from seven hours by car to just 80 minutes by air.

A sunny scene in Newquay. Pic: ArchantA sunny scene in Newquay. Pic: Archant

Loganair continued to expand its growing network at Norwich Airport by announcing its fifth route – a new service to Cornwall Airport Newquay. The airline is already the largest operator at Norwich, offering regular flights to Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Manchester and Jersey and employing a team of more than 30 pilots, cabin crew and engineers locally to support its services.

The new service, which will transform the journey from East Anglia and the south-west launches on April, 3, 2020, with fares from £59.99, one way.

All Loganair fares include a free checked baggage allowance, allocated seating and in-flight refreshments.

Monday and Friday services will operate throughout the summer, with extra Sunday services from May to September and a further additional Wednesday flight in July and August. The 80-minute flight is much speedier than the lengthy car journey or the time by rail, taking more than eight hours.

Loganair has announced a new route from Norwich to Newquay. Pic: submittedLoganair has announced a new route from Norwich to Newquay. Pic: submitted

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The new route launch is part of a programme of new connectivity to Cornwall which Loganair is announcing for summer 2020, including links to Newcastle, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

Loganair managing director Jonathan Hinkles said: “With more and more people holidaying in the UK, avoiding expensive Euro exchange rates or enjoying a staycation with friends and family, we’re confident that the routes will do well.

“In addition to leisure users, we believe that economic links between East Anglia and Cornwall will also mean a healthy level of business demand. Although we’re initially launching the Norwich-Newquay route with summer services, we’re keen to look at maintaining flights year-round if it proves viable.”

Richard Pace, managing director of Norwich Airport, said: “We welcome Loganair’s expanding commitment to Norwich with the announcement of this exciting new service to Cornwall Airport Newquay. This is a further example of Norwich providing and strengthening the essential links East Anglia needs to have with important destinations for the benefit of our business community and leisure consumers.”

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