Photo: A university lecturer in Chinese studies said the group's agenda is "entirely political". (ABC News: Damien Larkins) A Chinese Communist Party-linked group's event held at Tasmania's Parliament House was designed to influence politicians to support Beijing's push for "unification" with the independent Taiwan, according to an expert on Chinese studies. The Reception Room at Parliament House in Hobart hosted the launch of the of the Tasmanian branch of the Australian Council for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification of China (ACPPRC) on October 16. Then Speaker of the House Assembly Elise Archer signed off on the event, which was attended by Labor MP Lara Giddings and independent Upper House MP Rob Valentine. At the time of the event, ACPPRC's national president was prominent political donor Huang Xiangmo — who is at the centre of the foreign donations scandal involving Labor Senator Sam Dastyari. Huang Xiangmo has also donated to the Tasmanian Liberal Party, and his company Yuhu Group has had contact with the state's coordinator general. Photo: Xiangmo Huang recently stepped down as president of the ACPPRC. (Supplied: ACPPRC) Gerry Groot, senior lecturer in Chinese studies at the University of Adelaide said the ACPPRC is part of the Chinese Communist Party's United Front Network. "The general aim for these councils is for the unification of Taiwan, under Beijing's terms," Mr Groot said. It is understood Mr Huang did not attend the event in Hobart, but the official program for the event included a letter from him to the newly elected ACPPRC branch president Xin De Wang. "I hope that under the leadership of president Xin De Wang, this council will gain a foothold in Tasmania; integrate into the local mainstream society, and become the bridge for communication between all walks of life," Mr Huang's letter read. Mr Wang is commonly known as Master Wang, and is the head of the Tasmanian Chinese Buddhist Academy. Mr Groot said ACPPRC's event in Hobart was "entirely political". "Any support from any Australian institution, or Australian politicians, is taken as broader support for their position." Photo: Xin De Wang, also known as Master Wang, is head of