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Spies infiltrate NZ church and Falun Gong group

5 July 2005

Chinese spies infiltrate NZ church and Falun Gong group

Media release: New Zealand Falun Gong Practitioners

Chinese spies are closely monitoring New Zealand groups which the Chinese government fears. Recently, Falun Gong Practitioners interviewed Mr. Hao Fengjun, one of three Chinese defectors in Australia regarding Chinese espionage activities overseas.

Mr Hao is a former secret agent from the 610 office* in Tianjin, China. In this interview Mr Hao revealed how Chinese spies infiltrate churches and the Falun Gong group in New Zealand. He also revealed details on how the Chinese Communist Party operates their overseas spy network.

1.Spies monitor Presbyterian Church

Mr Hao confirmed there is at least one spy specifically targeting the Presbyterian Church, codenamed agent 180. Agent 180 is currently residing in New Zealand.

Agent 180 collects detailed information about the Presbyterian Church’s activities, and how the Presbyterian Church recruits new members in China. He is rewarded financially for the information he supplies to the Chinese government. Police also supply agent 180 with funding for expenses on overseas spy activities. Mr. Hao confirmed this agent is still in New Zealand, and has contact with the important person of the church. Mr. Hao also confirmed there were multiple spies operating in New Zealand.

Mr. Hao revealed that in China all religious groups which are not controlled by the government are strictly monitored. All their activities are monitored, especially around ‘sensitive’ dates such as public holidays and days of religious importance. International phone calls are tapped.

2. Spies focus on local Falun Gong practitioners

According to Mr. Hao, monitoring Falun Gong activities in New Zealand is very important and put on level terms with monitoring Falun Gong in Australia, Canada and the United States. The Chinese police department had a three year plan to build a spy network overseas, starting in 2001 and finishing in 2004. And New Zealand. Falun Gong activities in New Zealand were discussed each year in the annual meeting for this plan. Mr Hao believes that in New Zealand there must be a dense spy network.

Mr. Hao confirmed there is a black list of Falun Gong practitioners. Information on Falun Gong practitioners is submitted to China by spies in New Zealand. When asked about New Zealand Falun Gong practitioners who were arrested in China or refused entry upon arrival in China, Mr Hao stated that before Falun Gong practitioners boarded the plane they already knew all their details. Chinese embassies and consulates in countries all over the world are compiling these black lists.

Mr Hao confirmed there are spies focusing on overseas state secrets such as technology and military.

The 610 office is an agency specifically created to persecute Falun Gong, with absolute power over each level of administration in the Party and all other political and judiciary systems.

ENDS

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