Fearful Chinese Spy Applies for Protection
A Chinese student, who's name remains undisclosed, faces the wrath of the Chinese regime’s National Security Bureau (NSB) for failing to report on the activities of other Chinese students at his university.Before leaving China he entered into an agreement with the NSB that he would receive an all expenses paid trip to study abroad. The agreement required him to spy on fellow students with anti-communist sentiments and included students practicing Falun Gong – a traditional meditation practice persecuted in China. After befriending a local Falun Gong practitioner he decided not to report her and instead told her about the Chinese spies with a warning to “take care of her safety.” However when the NSB found out the reaction was swift. The student’s father was detained and interrogated back in China. The authorities demanded repayment of his son’s student fees within three months, a figure just under 80,000 US dollars. The student’s father had no way to make this huge repayment so the family fled for their safety.Distraught by this outcome the young student now living in Australia applied to Australian Immigration for a protection visa, believing he would be persecuted if he returned to China. Australian immigration denied his request so he applied to the Australian government’s Refugee Review Tribunal. The Tribunal recognized the student’s status came under the criteria for the international Refugee Convention. He was finally granted a protection visa at the Tribunal’s hearing.