Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

China-born New Zealand politician investigated by intelligence agency

China-born New Zealand politician investigated by intelligence agency

If he can not get that, then he needs a guarantee that despite being an exemplary MP, Jian Yang can not sit in a National Party caucus.

On Wednesday, Dr Yang slammed the allegations that question his loyalty to New Zealand, saying that they were a smear campaign, The New Zealand Herald reported.

National leader Bill English says he was aware early into Dr Yang's political career, which began when he was elected as a list MP in 2011.

To have taught at the Air Force Engineering College, Yang would have nearly certainly been an officer in Chinese military intelligence and a member of the Communist Party, Newsroom reported.

The National Party also released a copy of his CV from 2012 which mentioned his time at the Air Force Engineering College and Luoyang PLA University of Foreign Languages.

"I challenge those who are propagating these defamatory statements to front up and prove them", he said.

"This is a smear campaign by nameless people who are out to damage me and the National Party 10 days from an election, just because I am Chinese".

A key plank of the Newsroom story involved Yang not revealing his time at the universities on various CVs.

"Members of the Chinese community in New Zealand would have been obliged to respond to any fundraising request from him as a few would have been aware of his background, and present links to their homeland".

"From the beginning I made it clear to the party that I have this military background, not only to the party but also to other people", he said.

What matters is whether he told the truth to New Zealand authorities in gaining entry to the country and in gaining citizenship which he gained in 2004.

According to stuff.co.nz, New Zealand's biggest news website, Yang admitted that as a lecturer he had taught students how to intercept and decipher communications but not to engage in "the physical act of spying".

But PM Bill English did not confirm whether Mr Yang had been investigated.

Yang moved from China to Australia where he attended university in Canberra.

In his six years as an MP for New Zealand's ruling National party, Yang has been a vocal supporter of China's Communist party.

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