MP Gladys Liu, who was born in Hong Kong, who fought in the fight, denied having any ties with the Chinese government to prevent secret foreign operations after being caught in a train television interview.
The rookie Liberal politician turned out to be a member of three associations that Beijing uses for propaganda and to influence Chinese life abroad.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has mentioned these efforts as one of his & # 39; magic weapons & # 39; for flexing the soft muscles of China abroad.
Mrs. Liu said she could not & # 39; remember & # 39; during a disastrous TV interview on Tuesday evening this raised questions about her suitability to serve in parliament.
MP Gladys Liu, born in Hong Kong, who fought in the fight, has denied having any ties with the Chinese government that conceals secret foreign operations
Later, however, she admitted that she played an honorable role, but claimed that she had no knowledge of their daily activities.
The first female, Chinese-born MP from Australia also failed to condemn China & # 39; s expansion in the South China Sea as illegal, just like the position of the Morrison government.
& # 39; Gladys Liu, are you in fact a spokesperson for the Chinese communist regime in Australia? & # 39; Sky News presenter Andrew Bolt asked her at the end of the interview.
& # 39; The simple answer is no, & # 39; she answered.
Mrs. Liu, who became Australian in 1992, tried to clarify her comments on Wednesday in a statement and denied that she was under the spell of Beijing.
& # 39; I am a proud Australian, passionately dedicated to serve the people of Chisholm, and any suggestion that contradicts this is very offensive, & # 39; she said.
Records from the Chinese government show that Ms. Liu was a council member of the Guangdong provincial chapter of the China Overseas Exchange Association in 2003-2015 and the Shandong chapter in 2010.
During that time the association was an arm of the Chinese state council and later merged into the United Front Work department.
The UFWP oversees China's strategy to increase its influence and power abroad by recruiting Chinese ex-patriots and others to promote its interests.
Mrs. Liu (pictured on the left with Prime Minister Scott Morrison) turned out to be a member of three associations that Beijing uses for propaganda and influences Chinese life abroad.
Ms. Liu was also a member of the World Trade United Foundation, which wants to promote trade relations between China and Australia, but experts say it is part of the UFWP.
She claimed to have joined the group to support the promotion of trade between Australia and Hong Kong & # 39; and left in 2016.
Mrs. Liu, associated with these associations, caused comparisons with the disgraced former Senator Sam Dastyari, who was forced to resign over his own ties with China.
Dastyari accepted donations from the Chinese billionaire Huang Xiangmo, who has not had access to Australia since.
Shadow Foreign Minister Penny Wong called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to assure the Australian people that Mrs. Liu was a fit and appropriate person.
& # 39; I remember that Sam Dastyari's Liberal Party made a test of Bill Shorten's leadership. Well, this is Scott Morrison's test, & she said.
In her statement on Wednesday, Liu admitted that she was also the honorary president of the United Chinese Commerce Association of Australia and the Australian Jiangmen General Commercial Association.
& # 39; My involvement was made for no other reason than to support the promotion of trade between Australia and Hong Kong and to encourage individuals in the Australia-Hong Kong community to undertake community work & # 39 ;, she said.
Ms. Liu, associated with these associations, caused comparisons with disgraced former Senator Sam Dastyari, who was forced to resign over his own ties with China
Ms. Liu claimed that Chinese organizations often mention prominent figures as members or honorary presidents without their knowledge or consent.
& # 39; I do not want my name to be used in one of these associations and I ask them to stop using my name, & # 39; she said.
However, it has not made clear which of the organizations from which it has admitted or accused it of being fraudulent in its patronage.
Ms. Liu also told Bolt that even the organizations with which she agreed to become honorary president did not tell her about their Beijing-led activities.
& # 39; They want to use your fame, they want you to attend their functions … to cancel their profile, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; There was absolutely no information for me about what they do every day and I don't know if they support this (Chinese policy). & # 39;
The gaffe-sensitive MP has previously expressed concern about a ride through groups that are not what they seem, and meets dodgy characters at networking events.
Ms. Liu was also a member of the World Trade United Foundation (pictured as a delegate for an event in 2015), which claims to promote trade between China and Australia, but experts say it is part of the UFWP
During the June security briefing for new MPs, she asked ASIO boss Duncan Lewis if the espionage agency could check people and groups before meeting them, The Australian reported.
Lewis told her that this was not the protocol, and MEPs were instead informed when they had already met someone who was considered a security risk.
Ms. Liu also asked if the Chinese messaging app WeChat was a security risk and whether she should remove it from her phone.
She also bizarrely asked how she would explain an object she had received, but could not describe what it was at all.
When Bolt asked Ms. Liu about the South China Sea, where China is building military bases on islands it claims to possess, she failed to explicitly support her government.
& # 39; This is a matter for the Minister of Foreign Affairs. I am sure – I would put Australia's interests first, and that is exactly what I have done & she said.
Mrs Liu was praised by Mr Morrison and the cheers by her colleague after her first speech in parliament in July
Bolt replied: & # 39; Well now, the government's position is that the theft was unlawful. It challenges China & # 39; s theft from the sea. Do you support the government's view that China is illegal stealing the South China Sea? & # 39;
Ms. Liu said, "I understand that many countries are trying to claim ownership, sovereignty of the South China Sea for various reasons, and my position is with the Australian government."
A frustrated Bolt eventually asked Liu for & # 39; yes or no & # 39; to say if they supported the government's statement that China & # 39; s actions were illegal.
& # 39; As I said, I want to make sure that the interests of Australians are put first and foremost, if it will affect our trade or our air travel, that is something that I would not support, & # 39; she answered.
Bolt pointed out that Australia's trade and interests were both affected and that the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague agreed with Australia.
& # 39; Anyone who listens can hear that you do not like to agree with that pretty clear statement that is actually the position of your party, "he said.
Ms. Liu said in her statement on Wednesday that Australia has a & # 39; consistent and clear & # 39; position she simply defended.
& # 39; We do not opt for competing territorial claims, but we call on all claimants to resolve disputes peacefully and in accordance with international law.
& # 39; Our relationship with China is of mutual benefit and is supported by our extensive strategic partnership.
& # 39; China is not a democracy and is led by an authoritarian system. We have always been and will remain clear about our political differences, but on the basis of mutual respect, as two sovereign nations. & # 39;
Ms. Liu said she can't remember her membership & # 39; during a disastrous TV interview on Tuesday evening that raised questions about her suitability to serve in parliament
Mrs. Liu was also asked by Bolt if she considered President Xi a dictator, with which she refused to agree.
& # 39; I am not going to use the word dictator. He is an elected president or president in their system, they call it China & # 39 ;, she said.
Bolt also forced Ms. Liu to admit that she was telling a forum of 40 Sino-Australian groups – some with links to Beijing – that they should talk to their local MP if they thought that Australia & # 39; friendlier & # 39; should be against China.
However, Liu was defended by other Sino-Australians who pointed to Liu & # 39; s long-standing defense of Hong Kong.
& # 39; Gladys is anything but pro-China. She has lost almost all the support of Chinese pro-donors after coming out for the protests in Hong Kong, "said Chinese Muslim writer Michael Cheng Liu.
He also noted that Mrs. Liu had a WeChat supporter group led by the father of one of her employees who immediately banned pro-Chinese commentators.
Ms. Lui also thanked prominent Falun Gong and Hong Kong independence activists such as Jen Li in her first speech.
"These things are a big no if you are pro-China," said Cheung.
Ms. Liu was also accused of dirty tricks on election day on signs in the Chinese language that advertise the Liberal Party in the same colors as the official signs of the Australian Election Commission
Mrs. Liu is no stranger in controversy about her Chinese origins.
During the election campaign it turned out that, in unpublished comments during a Guardian interview in 2016, suggested that other immigrants & # 39; not so good & # 39; were like Chinese.
She discussed China's attitude to crime at the height of the African gang panic in Melbourne.
& # 39; They blame those migrants who don't work as hard as the Chinese, not as disciplined in terms of respect for others, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; They do distinguish themselves from those not so good migrants, if you understand what I mean. Because there are different types of migrants. Some work very hard, do everything well for the family, for the country.
& # 39; While others are just coming in and reproducing and having many children, and they are benefiting from the government. & # 39;
Ms. Liu was also accused of dirty tricks on election day on signs in the Chinese language that advertise the Liberal Party in the same colors as the official signs of the Australian Election Commission.
In July, a High Court challenge was taken to declare the result invalid on the grounds that Chinese-speaking voters saw it as an official AEC direction.
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