China Insider Aug. 31: Media Exposes Names of Australians Recruited Under China’s Thousand Talents Plan

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September 1, 2020 Updated: September 10, 2020

A recent investigation done by Australian media revealed that the Chinese Communist Party is taking advantage of the loopholes of Australian laws. The CCP secretly recruited dozens of Australian top investigative scholars to join the “Thousand Talents Plan” or other recruitment programs. This news shocked the Australian government. Many federal members have called on the Australian Parliament to conduct an investigation.

On August 24, The Australian, a broadsheet newspaper published in Australia, revealed a list of 32 scientists, including four non-Chinese scientists, who were recruited by the CCP into the “Thousand Talents Plan” and other similar recruitment programs with high salaries. The research of these scholars covers highly sophisticated fields such as Artificial Intelligence and quantum technology. They are from the top Australian universities and research institutions. While being employed in Australia, they frequently returned to China and applied for patents in China. Some of them have as many as 30 patents.

Li Yuanhua, former associate professor at Capital Normal University, said: “For instance, there are at least five people from the University of New South Wales on this list. Some of these professors receive 12 million AUD a year in funding from the Australian government. To the CCP, it is like spending a small amount of money to benefit individual researchers who will sell the results of their research for far more money than it offered. To Australia, having a group of scholars like these is simply equivalent to betraying national interests.”

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