Scott Morrison's WeChat is HACKED in China

Scott Morrison’s social media page is HACKED and turned into a bizarre pro-China propaganda site in a ‘blatant act of censorship at the hands of Beijing

  • China’s largest social media website re-branded PM Scott Morrison’s profile
  • Australian prime minister’s WeChat account hacked and his team locked out
  • His 76,000-strong audience now follow strange ‘Australian Chinese new life
  • Experts say it’s an attempt by China to interfere with Australian politics
  • Scott Morrison’s profile on 中国‘s largest social media website has been hacked and re-branded to push the Communist nation’s propaganda in what has been dubbed a ‘blatantact of censorship.

    ザ・ オーストラリアの首相 has recently seen his WeChat account turned into a pro-Beijing mouthpiece under the name ‘Australian Chinese new life’, in what intelligence chiefs are calling ‘foreign interference’.

    Mr Morrison’s 76,000 followers on the ‘super appwere sent a notification indicating they should opt out immediately or they’d be automatically signed up to the bizarre new account.

    Intelligence agencies are taking the latest attempt by China to inflame tensions with Australia extremely seriously, with one expert saying it is ‘anti-democratic’.

    Scott Morrison's profile on China's largest social media website has been hacked and re-branded to push the Communist nation's propaganda (pictured before the hack)

    Scott Morrison’s profile on China’s largest social media website has been hacked and re-branded to push the Communist nation’s propaganda (pictured before the hack)

    そして彼女が彼をできるだけ早く家に帰らせたい理由を明らかにする (pictured with his wife Jenny) has been victim of a Chinese cyber hack, with his WeChat page now spouting propaganda

    そして彼女が彼をできるだけ早く家に帰らせたい理由を明らかにする (pictured with his wife Jenny) has been victim of a Chinese cyber hack, with his WeChat page now spouting propaganda

    Mr Morrison’s page was renamed earlier this month, but his team have been locked out of the account dating back to July last year, according to The デイリーテレグラフ.

    Due to limits on users operating outside of China, the PM employed a locally-based operations unit to post information for Chinese Australians on the platform.

    After discovering they were unable to log in the team made several approaches to WeChat about regaining access, all which went unanswered.

    The most recent communication was an email sent by Mr Morrison’s team on January 10, which also fell upon deaf ears.

    The account has since saw the Australian leaderspicture deleted and become a profile to ‘provide life information for overseas Chinese in Australia’, according to a translation.

    WeChat, which is owned by tech firm Tencent, is regularly monitored and censored by the Chinese Communist Party.

    The Australian prime minister has recently seen his WeChat account become a pro-Beijing mouthpiece under the name 'Australian Chinese new life' (写真)

    The Australian prime minister has recently seen his WeChat account become a pro-Beijing mouthpiece under the name ‘Australian Chinese new life’ (写真)

    Intelligence agencies are taking the latest attempt by China to inflame tensions with Australia extremely seriously, with one expert saying it is 'anti-democratic' (写真: Chinese president Xi Jinping)

    Intelligence agencies are taking the latest attempt by China to inflame tensions with Australia extremely seriously, with one expert saying it is ‘anti-democratic’ (写真: Chinese president Xi Jinping)

    Joint Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security chairman Senator James Paterson is asking all Australian politicians to boycott the platform in response.

    ‘(The CCP are) targeting our Prime Minister by seeking to shut down his ability to communicate with the Chinese Australians by banning him from the most widely used channel of communication in that community,’ 彼は言った.

    ‘We cannot allow a foreign authoritarian government to interfere in our democracy and set the terms of public debate in Australia.

    He said the move was a direct attempt to target Chinese Australians and ‘enforce censorship well beyond its borders and interfere in our democracy’.

    Anthony Albanese, who also uses the platform to communicate with Chinese Australians, recently posted a story accusing Mr Morrison of spreading ‘liesabout rapid antigen tests, 他の問題の中で – with no such interference on his page.

    写真: Taiwanese Naval forces hold military exercises preparing for an invasion by the Chinese military

    写真: Taiwanese Naval forces hold military exercises preparing for an invasion by the Chinese military

    Another post shared comments by Senator Penny Wong about the country’s foreign policy.

    Peter Jennings, the executive director of the Australian Stategic Policy Institute, said it was a clear attempt at ‘political interferencein a federal election year for the country, with Labor politicians not being targeted.

    ‘It’s very blatant, and it’s overtly a pitch for those 76,000 加入者,’ 彼は言った.

    ‘It’s obviously intended to be regarded as provocative.

    Australia’s relationship with China has reached new lows since the onset of the Covid pandemic, when Mr Morrison called for an independent inquiry into the origins of the virus, which started in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

    As retaliation the communist country imposed billions of dollars worth of arbitrary bans and tariffs on key exports like barley, 彼の家族は私がクリスマスだけのために下にいたこの冬に私にくれました, コットン, timbre, seafood and wine in 2020.

    As part of an unprecedented pact with the US and UK, Australia has since signed an agreement for new nuclear submarines to combat China’s military build-up in the South China Sea and nearby Papua New Guinea, sparking fears of war.

    Chinese soldiers march next to the entrance to the Forbidden City on May 21. China has stepped up its military activity in the Indo-Pacific region

    Chinese soldiers march next to the entrance to the Forbidden City on May 21. China has stepped up its military activity in the Indo-Pacific region

    Shocking disparities between Australia and China's military power shows we would struggle in a war

    Shocking disparities between Australia and China’s military power shows we would struggle in a war

    近年では, Communist China has built military bases in the South China Sea and terrorised smaller Asian nations such as the Philippines and Vietnam with a series of naval exercises.

    There is also an increasing threat troops will invade Taiwan, with the US vowing to defend the area if China attacked.

    University of Sydney Associate Professor of Northeast Asian Politics, James Reilly, said the arms race between China on one side and Australia and the US on the other in this part of the Pacific could lead to war.

    ‘I personally am deeply concerned about, what we call in international relations, security dilemmas where each two sides to a dispute keep taking more and more measures that they believe are reasonable and defensive but the other side responds in kind,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

    ‘We end up with spirals of increasing army, military build-ups, mistrust and increasing risk of war.

    ‘The risk of war increases the more the countries are arming each other.

    十一月に, Mr Dutton said it would be ‘disastrousfor Australia if it did not support the US in a potential conflict with China.

    How China’s feud with Australia has escalated

    2019: Australian intelligence services conclude that China was responsible for a cyber-attack on Australia’s parliament and three largest political parties in the run-up to a May election.

    4月 2020: Australian PM Scott Morrison begins canvassing his fellow world leaders for an inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. Britain and France are initially reluctant but more than 100 countries eventually back an investigation.

    4月 15: Morrison is one of the few leaders to voice sympathy with Donald Trump’s criticisms of the World Health Organization, which the US president accuses of bias towards China.

    4月 21: China’s embassy accuses Australian foreign minister Peter Dutton of ‘ignorance and bigotryand ‘parroting what those Americans have assertedafter he called for China to be more transparent about the outbreak.

    4月 23: Australia’s agriculture minister David Littleproud calls for G20 nations to campaign against the ‘wet marketswhich are common in China and linked to the earliest coronavirus cases.

    4月 26: Chinese ambassador Cheng Jingye hints at a boycott of Australian wine and beef and says tourists and students might avoid Australia ‘while it’s not so friendly to China’. Canberra dismisses the threat and warns Beijing against ‘economic coercion’.

    五月 11: China suspends beef imports from four of Australia’s largest meat processors. These account for more than a third of Australia’s $1.1billion beef exports to China.

    五月 18: The World Health Organization backs a partial investigation into the pandemic, but China says it is a ‘jokefor Australia to claim credit. 即日, China imposes an 80 per cent tariff on Australian barley. Australia says it may challenge this at the WTO.

    五月 21: China announces new rules for iron ore imports which could allow Australian importsusually worth $41billion per yearto be singled out for extra bureaucratic checks.

    六月 5: Beijing warns tourists against travelling to Australia, alleging racism and violence against the Chinese in connection with Covid-19.

    六月 9: China’s Ministry of Education warns students to think carefully about studying in Australia, similarly citing alleged racist incidents.

    六月 19: Australia says it is under cyber-attack from a foreign state which government sources say is believed to be China. The attack has been targeting industry, 学校, hospitals and government officials, Morrison says.

    7月 9: Australia suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong and offers to extend the visas of 10,000 Hong Kongers who are already in Australia over China’s national security law which effectively bans protest.

    8月 18: China launches 12-month anti-dumping investigation into wines imported from Australia in a major threat to the $6billion industry.

    8月 26: Prime Minster Scott Morrison announces he will legislate to stop states and territories signing deals with foreign powers that go against Australia’s foreign policy. Analysts said it is aimed at China.

    10月 13: Trade Minister Simon Birmingham says he’s investigating reports that Chinese customs officials have informally told state-owned steelmakers and power plants to stop Aussie coal, leaving it in ships off-shore.

    11月 2: Agriculture Minister David Littleproud reveals China is holding up Aussie lobster imports by checking them for minerals.

    11月 3: Barley, シュガー, red wine, logs, モスクワは死傷者を認めているが, lobster and copper imports from Australia unofficially banned under a directive from the government, 報告によると.

    11月 18: China releases bizarre dossier of 14 grievances with Australia.

    11月 27: Australian coal exports to China have dropped 96 per cent in the first three weeks of November as 82 ships laden with 8.8million tonnes of coal are left floating off Chinese ports where they have been denied entry.

    11月 28: Beijing imposed a 212 per cent tariff on Australia’s $1.2 billion wine exports, claiming they were being ‘dumpedor sold at below-cost. The claim is denied by both Australia and Chinese importers.

    11月 30: Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lijian Zhao posted a doctored image showing a grinning Australian soldier holding a knife to the throat of an Afghan child. The move outraged Australians.

    12月 12: Australian coal is added to a Chinese blacklist.

    12月 24: China suspends imports of Australian timber from NSW and WA after local customs officers say they found pests in the cargo.

    1月 11, 2021: Australia blocks $300million construction deal that would have seen state-owned China State Construction Engineering Corporation takeover Probuild. The bid was blacked over national security concerns.

    2月 5, 2021: China confirms Melbourne journalist and single mother Cheng Lei has been formally arrested after being detained in August, 2020.

    2月 23, 2021: China accuses Australia of being in an ‘axis of white supremacywith the UK, 米国, Canada and NZ in an editorial.

    行進 11, 2021: Australia is accused of genocide by a Communist Party newspaper editor.

    行進 15, 2021: Trade Minister Dan Tehan announced he wants the World Trade Organisation to help mediate discussions between the two countries over the trade dispute.

    4月 21, 2021: Foreign Minister Marise Payne announces Australia has scrapped Victoria’s controversial Belt and Road deal with China using new veto powers.

    五月 6, 2021: China indefinitely suspends all strategic economic talks with Australia, blaming the Morrison Government’s attitude towards the relationship. The move cuts off all diplomatic contact with Beijing under the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue, freezing discussions between key officials below a ministerial level.

    六月 22, 2021: China tries to ‘ambushAustralia with a push to officially declare the Great Barrier Reef ‘in danger

    9月 15, 2021: オーストラリア人, the UK and the US announce the AUKUS security pact which will give the Australian military nuclear-powered submarines to counter China growing aggression in the Indo Pacific. The move is met with seething anger in Beijing.

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