採訪/秦雪 編輯/王子琦 後製/孫寧
Disbelief in “Friendly Visit” to China:
Australian Defence Minister Left Phone in Hong Kong
To prevent Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) internet spies,
Australia's Defense Minister, Stephen Smith,
left his cell phone and computer in Hong Kong.
Smith rarely takes similar measures
when visiting other countries.
This unusual anti-spy preventive measure is considered
by Australian media as disbelief in China during this “friendly visit.”
On June 6, Australia's Defence Minister, Stephen Smith,
attended the bilateral conference between China and Australia.
He met his Chinese counterpart Liang Guanglie.
They talked about bilateral relations,
defense, regional security and other issues.
Agence France-Presse cited Fairfax
newspaper from (Australia).
Smith and his entourage were advised to leave their mobile
devices in Hong Kong before continuing to mainland China.
This came after Smith's computers and mobiles
were "compromised" while on a previous trip.
"We place great score on the confidentiality of ministerial
communications," Mr Smith told reporters in Beijing.
"We all know China, that's standard advice. We know
ministers are targets," a diplomatic source told Fairfax.
They have the capability and intent.”
Chen Weijian, Editor in Chief of New Times Weekly
in New Zealand commented.
Chen believes that these measures are “highly necessary.”
Chen Weijian: “Now the CCP uses
almost all means on the network.
As Australia's Defense Minister, his cell and
computer must carry important information.
Therefore, such measures in China are necessary.”
It was reported that Mr Smith's computer and that
of other Australian officials was hacked in March.
The attacks were alleged to have originated from China,
but China has dismissed the allegations.
Chen Weijian: “Attacking personal mobile phones
is already a secret known to all.
It happens a lot and it's shameless,
but [CCP] doesn't care about it.”
However, Smith's office refused
to comment on related reports.
Wang Tiancheng, former law lecturer in Peking University,
and constitutionalism scholar commented.
Wang believes that Smith's behavior gave the CCP a slap.
Wang Tiancheng: “It can be understood
as an attitude, a protest.
He must need to communicate after entering China.
He needs to make phone calls.
So actually he is releasing the message that China
is a major threat to network security.”
Richard Marles, Smith's parliamentary secretary, however
said that Australia's relationship with China was "growing stronger by the day.
China is a very important partner with Australia."
Obviously, these western governments know
very well about the CCP's dishonest behavior.
Why do they want to strengthen cooperation with China?
Chen Weijian said that western politicians
consider money as the their primary goal.
Especially in these years, the western economy
is not good and they want to rely on the CCP.
Chen Weijian: “When dealing with the CCP, they easily get
huge amounts of money through some political declaration.
They would love to deal with the CCP
and get the money they want.
For example, on human rights issues, if you keep
it in a low profile, large orders will come along.”
At the beginning of April, some 200 US Marines arrived
in Darwin, as the first US troop in Australia.
Smith said that the US move was aimed at dealing
with the challenge of the rise of China and India.
Chen Weijian: “The western world has dual
character when facing the CCP.
Their drastically growing relationship with China doesn't
mean they agree on China's political system, nor its diplomacy.
Instead, it's for money.
In recent years, as the western world have closer relations
with China, they have a second string to their bow.
It tightens their prevention against the CCP.”
Early this year, out of fear of the CCP's network attacks,
the Australian government blocked Huawei from major telecom projects in Australia.
Huawei is a corporation established
by China's retired military engineers.