Established in 2001 by the Howard government, ASPI is funded partly by an annual grant from the Department of Defence. It is otherwise sponsored by a Who’s Who of multinational weapons makers, including missile manufacturers Raytheon Australia and MBDA Missile Systems; US aerospace giants Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman; European conglomerates Saab AB and Thales; shipbuilders Naval Group and WA-based Austal, whose main contracts are with the US Navy. Ironically thanks to the Foreign Interference Transparency Scheme (FITS) introduced in 2018, for which it was instrumental in (literally) scaring up support, ASPI was forced to reveal that it is also funded directly by foreign governments and supranational bodies; its donors in 2019 included the governments of the USA, the UK and Japan, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).
In the report, Mr.Joske said that both Mr.Cai and Mr.Sun had interviewed them and confirmed that they had contacted Mr.Wang, that Mr.Sun had admitted to writing a speech for Mr.Wang to make a video, and that XiangXin, the Hong Kong businessman Mr.Wang accused of being a spy chief, had worked for the mainland military. But Mr.Cai denied asking Mr.Wang to frame the DPP, while Mr.Sun denied making “death threats” against Mr.Wang.
The KMT’s deputy secretary general,Zhengyuan Cai, who was named in Joske’s report, held a very interesting and energetic press conference and disclosed a great deal of information and evidence that was completely different from what Joske’s people had written. Zhengyuan Cai released a full 15-minute recording of Joske’s interview with Tianqun Sun.
Alex Joske seems to hate being questioned. He made a common-sense mistake in another report on the Liqiang Wang case, but when it was pointed out to him, he immediately silenced the doubters.