RED CHINA TERRORIZES KIWI PATRIOT
"It appears that Professor Brady is a target of interest for the Chinese Communist Party
or apparatchiks of the Chinese state as a way of silencing her and intimidating her.
Unfortunately for Brady, her country's government is more interested in appeasing China's rulers
than protecting her, or protecting New Zealand's democratic freedoms.
The Chinese Ministry of State Security operates in our societies unhindered
and our governments just watch.
It's happening in Australia, too."
Last week Down Under was all over news because Australia deported World Tennis Champ Novax Novak "to keep our borders strong" and "protect the Australian people". This is the ultimate in hypocricy in that the OZ government has treasonously thrown its borders wide open to Communist China which truly IS endangering the lives of the people and the nation. See WIZARDS OF OZ EXPEL DJOKOVIC NOT CHINA
Four years ago I posted a story about the Chinese government using their influence to suppress the publication of a book by a university professor entitled: SILENT INVASION: HOW CHINA IS TURNING AUSTRALIA INTO A PUPPET STATE. See RED CHINA SHADOW LOOMS OVER AUSTRALIA
At the same time that the OZ professor was being "a good man coming to the aid of his country" by warning about Communist infiltration there, a New Zealand university professor was also shouting a warning, and being suppressed and oppressed and threatened for publishing her research titled MAGIC WEAPONS: CHINA'S POLITICAL INFLUENCE ACTIVITIES UNDER XI JINPING.
Below are articles documenting the terror Anne-Marie Brady -- a Kiwi patriot -- has been subjected to and is still experiencing (ie banned from Twitter this past summer) from agents of Communist China -- foreign and domestic.
All the best,
Jackie Jura, January 2022
WELLINGTON -- A New Zealand academic says Twitter temporarily restricted her account after she mocked Chinese President Xi Jinping. University of Canterbury Professor Anne-Marie Brady is an expert on China's attempts to exert political influence around the world and has been an outspoken critic of its ruling Communist Party. Last week, she sent tweets poking fun at the party's 100th anniversary celebrations. She said two of those tweets were temporarily marked "unavailable" by Twitter and her account was temporarily restricted over the weekend, before it was restored on Monday... She wrote that Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Zoom and other big players in social media appeared to be getting into the habit of silencing Communist Party critics. In 2017, Brady wrote a groundbreaking paper "Magic Weapons" which detailed what she said were the Communist Party's efforts to exert political influence in New Zealand. Subsequent burglaries and break-ins at her home and office remain unsolved. The Chinese Embassy in Wellington did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Chinese government has not commented on any action online against Brady and has heatedly denied accusations that it interferes with foreign media and political systems. However, under Xi, who is also leader of the Chinese Communist Party, the government has taken an increasingly combative approach toward its critics, whether individuals, organizations or foreign governments.
listen Chinese "soft power" influence becomes election issue in New Zealand
Professer Anne-Marie Brady, University of Canterbury
ABC, Sep 21, 2017
In New Zealand, a report into China's attempts to gain political influence in the country has become an election issue, detailing the Chinese government's use of soft-power in the region. It reveals extensive links between China and former New Zealand politicians and their families, and highlights significant political donations. Professor Anne-Marie Brady from the University of Canterbury is the author of the study, she told The World Today the use of dairy farms for near-space balloon launches by a Chinese company would also be happening in Australia...
watch New Zealand academic says break-ins at her home
are intimidation move to silence research on China
New Zealand News, Feb 16, 2018
A New Zealand academic known for her research on China's domestic and international politics believes a recent threat and break-ins are an intimidation move to silence her politically sensitive work. In 2015, Chinese government officials put pressure on the University of Canterbury and various government agencies to stop University of Canterbury Professor Anne-Marie Brady's research into China's Arctic and Antarctic interests, she says. People associated with me in China had been called in for questioning by the Chinese Ministry of State Security". In December last year, her office was broken into. Then this week she received a threatening letter warning that she was going to be attacked, and her home was broken into and three laptops and two phones were taken, she says. "Meanwhile a jar of cash, my son's pocket money, in plain sight, was undisturbed as was jewellery, and the bedrooms were conspicuously disturbed. "Someone's obviously trying to send a signal to me -- it's probably more like an intimidation". She did not lose any of her data and police were investigating the incidents...
There is "only one likely culprit" for a burglary at a Christchurch academic's home, a former CIA analyst claims: China. Peter Mattis points the finger at China over the burglary and other break-ins at Professor Anne-Marie Brady's office, the New York Times reports. Brady made waves last year with the release of her research paper Magic Weapons, detailing how New Zealand was becoming "saturated with political influence activities". The University of Canterbury academic's home was broken into in February and three laptops, including one on which she wrote the paper, two cellphones and an encrypted memory stick from her last trip to China were taken. She also received a letter warning her of "what was going on" and threatening that she would be attacked. Mattis said given Brady's profile, "intimidating her into silence would in a sense be a major win" for China, according to the New York Times. This week the New Zealand Herald reported the Security Intelligence Service (SIS) searched Brady's office for listening devices. It was also believed that a search had also been conducted at her home. The police investigation into the February burglary was still ongoing and it also involved Interpol and the SIS. Paul Buchanan, a former Pentagon analyst and director of 36th Parallel Assessments, a security consultancy in Auckland, told the Times: "Everything in the New Zealand government's response points to a state, a state-sponsored entity, or a foreign criminal organisation being involved with this".
After a quarter-century of researching China, Anne-Marie Brady is a veteran of Chinese government spying and harassment. "I was prepared for pressure in China", says the 52-year-old New Zealander, a well-regarded professor of political science at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch. "But I always felt safe in New Zealand. So that changed". Last week she wrote to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern seeking police protection. It was her first direct appeal to Ardern, but her third in a series of pleas to escalating levels of officialdom.
First came the pressure on her university. Chinese officials demanded that her immediate superior stop her research... Next, her office was broken into in December 2017. As far as she could tell, nothing was taken. "I think it was meant to scare me, to show me people could come into my office." If so, it worked: "I felt this great dread," after the intrusion. "I reported it to security and there was no follow-up." If she had any doubt that she'd been targeted, she got a detailed warning letter from a concerned friend in the Chinese community to let her know that an official campaign of intimidation against her -- and others -- was under way. Brady's home was next... The only things missing were laptops, phones and an encrypted memory stick from her last trip to China. Other memory sticks were left behind. "It was very telling." She immediately reported the break-in to the intelligence service and the police. Brady went to her office the next morning to discover that it had been broken into. Again. It was February 15 last year.
Brady was scheduled to give testimony to Australia's Parliament that afternoon. She gave evidence by video link to two committees keen to know about, among other things, her groundbreaking research into the Chinese Communist Party's activities in Antarctica in the course of producing her book China as a Polar Great Power. This is a vital interest for Australia, which has sovereignty over 42 per cent of the continent, as well as a vital area for NZ. And it turns out to be an area of very lively interest to China's military too, as Brady's research had unearthed. Her work uncovered, for instance, that the Chinese People's Liberation Army had built three military facilities on Australian Antarctic territory...
The Chinese government was deeply displeased that Brady had spoken out. "Soon after my testimony to the Australian parliamentary committees, some of my colleagues in Chinese universities were visited by the Ministry of State Security. "They were very angry that I had spoken about the burglaries and break-ins. They were particularly upset that I had spoken it into Hansard," the official record of proceedings of the Parliament. Yet the NZ police didn't take the matter seriously. And the incidents continue. In November, Brady's car was tampered with. The NZ police treated the matter with familiar indifference and told the mechanic not to speak to the media. When Brady and her family returned home this month after a Christmas holiday, their phone rang at 3am. The caller was silent. The number is unlisted.
It's not only her Antarctic research that Beijing wants to stop. She also unearthed the fact that a member of the NZ Parliament spent 15 years working for Chinese military intelligence but never disclosed it.
But the harassment in her own country seems to have been in angry response to her 2017 report in NZ, titled MAGIC WEAPONS: CHINA'S POLITICAL INFLUENCE ACTIVITIES UNDER XI JINPING. The title is a reference to the fact that President Xi named three "magic weapons" of Chinese Communist Party power -- the People's Liberation Army, the party's program to strengthen and build itself, and the party's United Front Work Department that covertly spreads party influence through the overseas Chinese diaspora and elements of Chinese culture and business.
In the meantime Brady and her family are left to defend themselves. "It's an uneven contest," she says. "we are just an ordinary family facing down the Chinese Communist Party." She is continuing her work regardless: "I haven't changed. China's changed."
watch National Party MP Dr Jian Yang has denied being a Chinese spy
Newshub, Sep 20, 2018
Anne-Marie Brady, a politics professor at the University of Canterbury, specialises in Chinese politics. Her home and office have been broken into a number of times over the past year. Brady believes the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is using New Zealand as a "test zone" for its campaigns of influence, which aim to further its political and economic agendas. Its activities in New Zealand "not only threaten New Zealand's sovereignty, but also are undermining the integrity of the New Zealand political system and the rights of ethnic-Chinese New Zealanders to the freedoms of speech, association, and religion", she wrote in a paper published earlier this year in the Journal of Democracy... Last year, Prof Brady said the CCP had cultivated close ties with a number of current and former National Party MPs, including Don Brash, Dame Jenny Shipley, Ruth Richardson, Judith Collins, Pansy Wong and John Key. Last year National MP Jian Yang admitted teaching Chinese spies how to speak English before he moved to New Zealand, but denied being one himself. And in May, a Senator told the US Congress the CCP had "gotten very close to or inside the political core of both New Zealand and Australia", and a former CIA analyst said New Zealand's future as part of the Five Eyes alliance should be questioned. Spokesman for Academic Freedom Aotearoa Jack Heineman, also a professor at the University of Canterbury, said the break-ins are "taking a terrible toll" on Prof Brady. "Academics have a statutory obligation to speak truth to power", he told NZME. "The point is, it's power you're speaking truth to. And because it's powerful it has ability to push back -- legally or illegally".
...It is extraordinary that this story isn't leading our news and the main focus of public debate. The best part of the Chinese spy inside NZ Government story from overseas news agencies is their shock it happened, followed by their shock that NZers are 'meh' about the revelation... But would Kiwis care if the Chinese Government actually managed to get a spy into our own Caucus inside the National Party? Our combination of general apathy, media that look the other way when it comes to anything government does mixed with an impolite fear that you're being xenophobic if you ever mention Chinese influence anywhere have combined to give a mighty, 'meh' from the masses...
It was a year ago today that the Financial Times and Newsroom told us that we'd had a People's Republic of China spy in our midst...well, in our Parliament actually. Unknown to the voters -- but presumably not to the National Party hierarchy, which must (presumably) have done its candidate vetting -- for six years Jian Yang had sat in our Parliament, had sat each week in the governing party's caucus, had spent several years on Parliament's Foreign Affairs committee, and been part of official government delegations to the PRC. And, so this joint FT/Newsroom investigation revealed, Jian Yang -- who had only moved to New Zealand in his 30s -- had (in the words of the FT article): Jian Yang spent more than 10 years training and teaching at elite facilities including China's top linguistics academy for military intelligence officers. Since being elected in 2011, Mr Yang has been a big fundraiser for the National party. He has consistently pushed for closer ties with Beijing and for international policies and positions echoing those of China's Communist party... He'd been a member of the military intelligence system of the People's Republic of China -- in colloquial terms, a spy.
The story sparked no action from the National Party -- other than the then Attorney General and minister for the intelligence services attempting to tar the stories as "racist" -- and Jian Yang was duly re-elected to Parliament ten days later, where he sits still. Doing little (search Hansard, and you'll find -- for example -- that, despite being a third term Opposition MP, he has asked only two oral questions this Parliament). And explaining less (he has refused all media comment to English language media for months, while apparently being quoted regularly in the PRC-dominated Chinese language media). He has been fully backed by both the previous and current National Party leaders... It also emerged that Jian Yang had been a member of the Chinese Communist Party -- only a small minority of PRC citizens are members -- and although he claimed no longer to be a member, China experts say that from a CCP perspective no one leaves the Party unless they are expelled. And Jian Yang had clearly been in favour with the Party, regarded as politically sound etc, or he'd never have been allowed -- with his background in the PLA system -- to leave the country to study...
I'm sure there are decent people in Parliament, but none -- not one -- seems to have any moral courage when it comes to this issue.... But then why would we really be surprised. As Anne-Marie Brady's paper -- released just a few days after the initial Jian Yang revelations -- highlighted, the presence of someone like Jian Yang in a prominent place in New Zealand public life is just the tip of iceberg when it comes to the way in which the PRC has sought (successfully it seems) to seek influence in New Zealand (and a range of similar countries)... Successive New Zealand governments are so utterly supine around China, unbothered by the (plain as day) presence of Jian Yang in our Parliament. Political leaders, cheered on by elements of big business, voluntarily assuming some sort of quasi-vassal status also sacrifices the nation's values and the interests of its people. It should erode public confidence in our leaders and our institutions...
A series of targeted attacks on a Christchurch professor who researched the Chinese Communist Party's Western influence has prompted academics across the world to beef up their own security. Professor Anne-Marie Brady teaches Chinese political studies at the University of Canterbury. On February 14, 2018, her house was broken into while she was out... In the wake of the attacks on Prof Brady, Australian and American academics involved in China research have beefed up their own security. One of Prof Brady's fellow China researchers says he's concerned. "People advising me on my security have been quite alarmed", Australian academic Clive Hamilton said of the burglary at Ms Brady's home. "If China is targeting her, there's a good chance they're targeting me". The February break-in wasn't the first time Prof Brady felt targeted by Chinese officials. She says her computer hard drive was tampered with while she was in China, and that members of the Communist Party questioned those she spoke with while in the country. She also claims she received a letter warning her she'd be attacked before the burglary... In September 2017, she published a paper which laid out the Communist Party's plans for attaining worldwide influence, and examined New Zealand as a case study of Chinese influence. Soon after the report was released, her office at the university was broken into...
...If Brady is right that the burglaries were the work of "Chinese government spies" trying to intimidate her, and if that news is confirmed publicly, the government will have a major diplomatic headache on its hands.
China often throws a tantrum whenever any of its national sensitivities are challenged. Favouring Taiwan, Tibet, the Dalai Lama, or Falun Gong, or criticising the militarisation of the South China Sea Islands or organ-harvesting among prisoners are all likely to make Beijing's hierarchy throw its toys out of the cot. It has reacted strongly against Australia's ongoing debate about how to counter foreign influence. The Asian giant certainly won't want to be put on the spot with evidence it has been spying on a New Zealand academic who is highly critical of what she alleges is a covert push for influence through our politics, media and universities...
Professor Brady's well-regarded work on the question of Chinese influence has given her an international profile that must be extremely annoying to Beijing. Indeed, Brady has said some of the people she associated with on a recent visit to China were interrogated by the Chinese Ministry of State Security. She also received a letter warning that she was about to be attacked shortly before her home was burgled...
The majority of the New Zealand public simply doesn't care if we have become a "tributary state" of China, as expatriate New Zealand economist Rodney Jones dubbed us in the New York Times after we discovered in September 2017 that we have a former Chinese spy instructor in our Parliament, who was (and possibly still is) a member of the Chinese Communist Party. This astonishing news from Newsroom — in collaboration with the Financial Times — gained very little traction in local media, even though the influential FT regarded it as a major scoop. The-then Prime Minister, Bill English, told media there was nothing to see here and reminded us that Dr Jian Yang is a New Zealand citizen, as if that proved anything about his connections to China; Jacinda Ardern also downplayed the revelation as an internal matter for the National Party.
The Brady break-ins should finally jolt the public into taking a deeper interest in China's influence but the reaction in the media has been predictably low-key. The NZ Herald dutifully devoted an editorial to the topic -- titled "SIS needs to tell us who was behind Brady break-ins" -- but without any great sense of outrage. It reminded readers of just how valuable China is to us economically with an implied message not to rock the boat... At some point, New Zealanders -- and the government -- will have to take concerns about our nation becoming a vassal state of China seriously. Here's hoping it's well before Chinese military bases are established in the South Pacific and China uses gunboat diplomacy to remind us who holds the whip-hand over our small, debt-soaked, tourist-dependent economy.
....On February 15 Professor Anne-Marie Brady gave testimony to the Australian Parliament's committee on intelligence and security and was asked whether she'd faced any difficulties as a result of her high-profile criticism of China's foreign policy. "It was a psychological operation, it was intended to intimidate", she said... Questions sent to the embassy for the People's Republic of China in Wellington about the case went unanswered yesterday. The February break-in at Brady's home saw a range of electronic and data storage devices taken, while a jar left in the open filled with hundreds of dollars was ignored. Brady said an old and broken laptop -- used to write her major expose on China's activities in New Zealand last year -- was taken, while another device in the same room was left alone. Brady said police told her the strange selection of loot, and the "conspicuous mess" left -- including messed-up bedding -- was highly unusual... Brady, a well-regarded Mandarin-speaking expert on China's foreign policy and Polar politics, has seen her international profile skyrocket over the past year. In September she published a widely-cited paper titled "Magic Weapons: China's political influence activities under Xi Jinping", resulting in invitations to speak in Australia, Canada, the UK, the US, Japan, Denmark and Germany. That paper detailed what she claimed was a nexus of political donations, and appointments of prominent New Zealanders to boards, linked to a broad political influence campaign led by the government of China with the aim of shaping New Zealand policy.
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Anne-Marie Sharon Brady (born 1966) is a New Zealand politics academic who specialises in Chinese politics and the politics of the polar regions. She is currently a full professor at the University of Canterbury. After a 2000 Ph.D. at the Australian National University titled 'Making the foreign serve China: Managing foreigners in the People's Republic of China', Brady moved to the University of Canterbury, rising to full professor. In early 2018, after Brady published in the ways China attempts to influence international opinion, a number of related properties were burgled, including her university office and home. As of September 2018 progress was being made in the investigation and Interpol were involved.
Twitter restricts account of expert who mocked China leader, by Nick Perry, Associated Press, July 6, 2021
Finger pointed at China over burglary of Kiwi academic, Stuff NZ, Sep 22, 2018
Researcher harassed by China in her own country, by Peter Hartcher, Sydney Morning Herald, Jan 29, 2019
National Party MP Dr Jian Yang has denied being a Chinese spy, Newshub, Sep 20, 2018
So our largest trading partner burgled an academic to intimidate her in our own country (are we allowed to discuss China's influence over us yet?), by Martyn Bradbury, DailyBlog, Sep 23, 2018
On the anniversary of learning about Communist spy Jian Yang, Croaking Cassandra, September 13, 2018
The curious case of the burgled professor, by Matt Nippert, New Zealand Herald, Sep 15, 2018
Timeline China Influence in New Zealand & Australia, last updated January 30, 2019
China's influence on Australia and New Zealand politics emerged in 2017 as one of the most contentious foreign affairs issues in both countries. Debate has continued in 2018 and 2019. The Asia Media Centre has collated major reports, articles and blogs on the topic, highlighting how the issue has been covered so far. This page will be updated from time to time but is not exhaustive; it aims to give a snapshot of coverage and of key voices involved.
6.Super-States (...OCEANIA comprises the Americas, the Atlantic islands including the British Isles, Australasia, and the southern portion of Africa...)
7.Systems of Thought (...The conditions of life in all three superstates are very much the same. In Oceania the prevailing philosophy is called Ingsoc, in Eurasia it is called Neo-Bolshevism, and in Eastasia it is called by a Chinese name usually translated as Death-Worship, but perhaps better rendered as Obliteration of the Self. The citizen of Oceania is not allowed to know anything of the tenets of the other two philosophies, but he is taught to execrate them as barbarous outrages upon morality and common sense. Actually the three philosophies are barely distinguishable, and the social systems which they support are not distinguishable at all. Everywhere there is the same pyramidal structure, the same worship of a semi-divine leader, the same economy existing by and for continuous warfare...)
35.Big Brother's Brotherhood (...Winston stopped and glanced over his shoulder, with the feeling that the door had opened. Sure enough, the little yellow-faced servant had come in without knocking. "Martin is one of us," said O'Brien impassively. "We may as well sit down and talk in comfort. Bring a chair for yourself, Martin. This is business. You can stop being a servant for the next ten minutes". Winston could not help snatching another sidelong glance at Martin's Mongolian face. There were no scars that he could see. Exactly as they had done at the front door, the little man's dark eyes flickered over their faces. There was no trace of friendliness in his manner. He was memorizing their appearance, but he felt no interest in them, or appeared to feel none. It occurred to Winston that a synthetic face was perhaps incapable of changing expression...
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