Wang Liqiang in an interview with Australian media. Photo: YouTube

Did Australia’s China paranoia make ‘spy’ Wang Liqiang’s claims too easy to believe?

  • At first, his accounts of espionage and political sabotage were held up as proof of the country’s worst fears of Chinese meddling
  • But as more information began to emerge, the would-be defector’s story has transformed into a cautionary tale on the dangers of rushing to judgment
Topic |   China-Australia relations

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Wang Liqiang in an interview with Australian media. Photo: YouTube
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Wang Xiangwei
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China Briefing by Wang Xiangwei

Explosive claims of ‘Chinese spy’ Wang Liqiang seem more fiction than fact

  • The facts do not add up with the self-professed Chinese spy Wang Liqiang
  • There’s a growing consensus he’s either a low-level operative grossly overstating his role or a scam artist

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