China-born New Zealand MP denies being a spy

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Yang Jian criticises ‘smear campaign’ after it emerges he studied and taught at Chinese universities linked to intelligence services

A China-born MP for New Zealand’s ruling party has denied being a spy after it emerged that he had spent years studying and teaching in universities with links to Chinese intelligence services.

“I am not a spy,” Yang Jian, the National party’s first MP born in mainland China, told reporters on Wednesday after a joint investigation by the Financial Times and New Zealand’s Newsroom revealed what they described as his hidden past.

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