|Political party National Party|
|Name Jian Yang|
Education Australian National University
Party New Zealand National Party
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Jian Yang (Chinese name: 杨健, Yáng Jiàn) is a Chinese-New Zealand international relations academic, politician and a member of the New Zealand House of Representatives. He is a member of the National Party.
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- Early life
- Member of Parliament
- Spy allegations
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Yang grew up in southern China, earned his MA and PhD in international relations from the Australian National University.
In 1999 Yang joined the University of Auckland as a Senior Lecturer in Political Studies.
Member of Parliament
Yang was ranked at 36 on the National Party list for the 2011 New Zealand general election. He was the highest ranked new candidate on the list and was seen as a replacement for Pansy Wong, a Chinese MP who had resigned since the last election.
Yang said on 13 September 2017 that he was not a spy and had never been a spy. But he did have a background as a civilian, or non-ranking, officer in the Chinese military.The National Party also released a copy of Yang's CV from 2012, which mentioned his time at the Air Force Engineering College and Luoyang PLA University of Foreign Languages. Yang confirmed that he had been a member of the Communist Party of China.