Australia's Special Broadcasting Service suspends China Global Television Network and China Central Television from broadcasting in the country following a human rights complaint from pan-Asian human rights organization Safeguard Defenders.
China is threatening to impose bans on up to $6 billion of key Australian exports such as wine, copper, barley, coal, sugar, timber and lobster beginning Friday, straining trade relations between the two countries.
The Chinese commerce ministry probes the Australian wine industry on 40 allegations of violating countervailing duties, following a complaint by the China Wine Industry Association regarding recent wine imports from Australia.
In its annual report, Germany's domestic intelligence agency BfV warns consumers that personal data they provide to Chinese payment companies or other tech firms, such as Tencent, Alibaba and others, could end up in the hands of China's government.
Australian network newspapers, Nine’s "The Age" and "Sydney Morning Herald" newspapers, report that a Chinese spy, Wang ‘William’ Liqiang - who defected to Australia, gives counter-espionage agency the names of senior military intelligence officers he says funded and conducted operations in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia.
Australian helicopters, from the Royal Australian Navy flagship HMAS "Canberra", are forced to make an emergency landing after being targeted by lasers from fishing boats in the South China Sea. The "Canberra" was being trailed by a Chinese warship.
Reports emerge of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation's discovery of classified Australian documents, related to Chinese intelligence activity abroad, in the Canberra home of a woman allegedly acting on behalf of the Communist Party of China.