Friday, December 31, 2010
Rio Espionage Case/Australia vs. China-II
“Chinese authorities have in fact obtained evidence which proves that (Rio employees) – for a foreign country—Chinese state secrets, which hurt China’s economic interests and economic security,” stated by Wing Gang, a spokesman for Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of PRC). The Chinese government detained four Rio employees, as well as a head of Shougang Group, Tan Yixin. The head of the Shanghai based branch, Stern Hu, who was a naturalized an Australian citizen. Stern Hu, who graduated from Beijing University and worked in the Chinese steel industry for years. He is best friends with Tan Yixin, who graduated from Qinghua University. If anyone spent a lot of time in China and studied Chinese culture, as well as politics for sometimes, one will understand the Chinese way doing business. There is a huge gray-zone between legal and illegal zones. Even though Hu and Tan are the Chinese, they cannot escape the control by the China’s Red-Five-Stars Flag. By the middle of July, Rio Tinto pulled their researchers out of China by moving to Singapore or Australia. The Western media began to speculate whether the Chinese President Hu Jintao supported the Rio espionage case (The Sydney Morning Herald), which the Chinese government has denied.