China claims students with military training are deported

A Chinese newspaper report claims that China’s Foreign Ministry has lodged a formal complaint with Australia after two Chinese students were questioned and deported when they arrived in Sydney for not disclosing their military training while at university, writes Michael Smith for the Australian Financial Review.

The China Daily, a Communist Party mouthpiece, published an article on its social media account on Monday 28 March that said a Chinese student was recently deported for “concealing so-called military training”. The student’s visa was cancelled on the spot. The report said another student was deported last month after Australian Border Force officers found photos of his university military training on his phone.

“What Australian has done harms the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese students studying in Australia, which has to make people suspect that there is a political purpose behind it,” the article said, without quoting any sources. It said China’s Foreign Ministry and the Chinese embassy and consulates in Australia had lodged “solemn representations” with Australia.
Full report on the Australian Financial Review site