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New Zealand political scandal raises concerns about Chinese meddling

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SYDNEY • Canada's intelligence agency has issued an intriguing report that named New Zealand as a key target for Chinese efforts at covert interference.

The report, published by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service earlier this year, warned that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) had been "aggressive" in targeting New Zealand's political and business leaders to try and gain influence in the country.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 31, 2018, with the headline New Zealand political scandal raises concerns about Chinese meddling. Subscribe