#Chinese #Australians scared to speak out for fear family members in #China will be targeted, paper says

"Foreign govts were seeking to interfere in diaspora communities “to control or quash opposition or dissent deemed to be a threat to their government”

Asio told a parliamentary committee it was “aware of numerous individuals from diaspora communities who reported threats against themselves & family members due to their voicing of opinions on political & ideological issues which a foreign country deemed to be a threat”.

“These threats have come directly from foreign government representatives and also from other members of the diaspora communities themselves, acting at the direction of the foreign government,” Asio said in a submission to an inquiry into issues facing diaspora communities.