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Australia to Probe Reports That China’s Military Tried to Recruit Pilots

  • Defense minister says there is ‘enough evidence’ for new probe
  • UK last month warned former pilots against working in China

Australia is investigating reports that China’s military attempted to try to recruit former Defence Force pilots for training, less than a month after the UK government cracked down on similar actions by British aircrews.

An initial probe by Australia’s Defence Department had found “enough evidence” to warrant a second investigation into the issue, Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday. Marles, who is also Minister for Defence, said any ex-forces personnel who share secrets outside of the government have committed a “clear and unambiguous” crime.