China is reportedly building covert informant networks inside
Australia's top universities, prompting Australia to
strengthen its counter-intelligence capabilities.
Fairfax Media reports that Chinese intelligence officials say
they are building networks to monitor the ethnic Chinese
community to protect Beijing's core interests.
Much of the monitoring work takes place in higher education
institutions, it reports.
This includes Sydney University and Melbourne University,
where more than 90,000 students from mainland China are
potentially exposed to ideas and activities not readily
available at home.