In China, they said that since 1980s, Australian intelligence has been actively monitoring the activities of Chinese diplomats.
After checking the constructed embassy building in Canberra, eavesdroppers were found almost everywhere in its designs, right down to the basement of the building.
The exposed spy activities conducted by the Australian side, including the establishment of an intelligence station, spying on the Chinese embassy in Australia, and Australian diplomats engaging in espionage activities, are just the “tip of the iceberg” of the country’s espionage offensive against China, said China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson.
Zhao Lijian added that the intelligence cooperation of the “Five Eyes” alliance has long violated the rules of international relations, and has included large-scale, organized, and indiscriminate network eavesdropping, monitoring of foreign governments, enterprises and personnel. “This is a universally known fact,” said Zhao.
As an important member of the alliance, Australia has always been keen to carry out intelligence activities in the countries concerned. The situation that has been disclosed this time is probably just the tip of the iceberg, said Zhao.