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INSIGHT - CHINA - RIO ESPIONAGE - CN65 [Analytical & Intelligence Comments] RE: Australia, China: Accusations of Espionage

Released on 2012-02-29 14:00 GMT

Email-ID 966303
Date 2009-07-10 05:05:33
So my Aussie intelligence source that I was so worried about because he
stayed in China incommunicado for over a week decides to get in touch
with me via STRATFOR! Ha. Well anyways, I am resending this as insight
in case not everyone picks this up. This is very important and wish
like hell we woulda got it this morning before I wrote up the CSM. I
guess we can always update next week or do a stand-alone piece - thoughts?

ATTRIBUTION: Former Australian State Senator
SOURCE DESCRIPTION: Source is well-connected politically, militarily
and economically. He has become a
private businessman helping foreign companies with M&As

> Hey Jen,
> Just back in Australia, but still only in Perth. Won't get back to
> Brisbane until 1000 GMT on 10th July. Happy to take a call after
> that. You may have missed a related issue on this story.
> The day in arrived in China the media announced proposed changes to the
> laws on state secrets. These include increasing the range of things
> which
> could constitute revealing or stealing "state secrets". Of course
> stealing
> them, or deliberately revealing them, can attract a death sentence. The
> exact details are contained in clippings, which are in my checked
> luggage. I will get them once I get home.
> In my talks, the Chinese officials were turning themselves inside out
> over
> Chinalco, and the line given in the official media curiously blamed the
> Opposition. The reason for this is simply that the Government and Rio
> don't want to admit that they got it seriously wrong. You recall my
> comment on the clipping you showed me? The problem is that they tried to
> push their bargaining position too hard instead of revising the deal to
> make it more immediately palatable.
> Interestingly, the arrests come not just during the protracted iron ore
> negotiations, but on the very weekend that Rio successfully concluded its
> rights issue to replace most of the cash they were to get from
> Chinalco. I
> think these guys were really pissed off by that, and wanted to do
> something
> to lash out at Rio. Also, they may have figured that arresting these
> guys
> would lead to a capitulation by Rio at the negotiating table.
> Rudd is copping a flogging for failing to say anything at all on the
> matter, even though the Australian has been in the bag for four days.
> You
> need to see Greg Sheridan's article in the Australian today. Also, you
> have a fan at the Australian Fin Review, as Stratfor commentary made up
> half the back page in the Chanticleer column there.
> I got out of China a week late, and was very worried for myself for a
> week, but all turned out okay.
> Hope all is well at your end.
> Bill
> Source: