A New Zealand MP has been forced to deny he is a Chinese spy after it was revealed he spent a decade teaching at an espionage school in the Communist country.
China-born Jian Yang, who has been an elected member of the ruling National party for six years, taught at the Luoyang Foreign Languages Institute, an elite school for Chinese intelligence officers.
But this information is not recorded anywhere on his official biographies in New Zealand, despite him serving for two years on the committee for foreign affairs, defence and trade.
Jian Yang, a Chinese-born MP for the ruling National party, has denied being a Beijing spy after it was revealed he spent 10 years teaching at an academy for espionage agents
It is also concerning because New Zealand is a member of the 'Five Eyes' intelligence sharing alliance, that includes the United States, Britain, Canada and Australia.
The information was uncovered during a joint investigation between the Financial Times and Newsroom, an independent New Zealand-based media group.
They discovered that Mr Yang first entered the People's Liberation Army in 1978 as an undergraduate in English language studying at the Air Force engineering academy, where he taught after graduation.
He then moved to the Luoyang Foreign Languages Institute, which is attached to China's equivalent of the US National Security Agency and trains military intelligence officers and deep cover agents.
Mr Yang, a prominent fundraiser for the Nationals, said the allegations are a smear campaign ahead of the upcoming election
Peter Mattis, an expert on Chinese intelligence at the Jamestown