Christine Lee: UK’s MI5 says woman connected to Chinese Communist Party ‘seeking to covertly interfere in UK politics’
MI5 declares in an alert that Christine Ching Kui Lee has “acted covertly in coordination” with the United Front Work Department (UFWD), of the Chinese Communist Celebration (CCP) and is “judged to be involved in political interference activities in the UK.”
The MI5 “interference alert,” acquired by CNN on Thursday, stated: “We judge that the UFWD is seeking to covertly interfere in UK politics through establishing links with established and aspiring Parliamentarians across the political spectrum.”
The alert likewise included that Lee has actually been helping with “financial donations to political parties, Parliamentarians, aspiring Parliamentarians and individuals seeking political office in the UK, including facilitating donations to political entities on behalf of foreign nationals.”
The UK Business Register notes Lee as a British resident.
MI5 stated that while Lee has stated her UK-based activities are “to represent the UK Chinese community and increase diversity,” that those activities have “been undertaken in covert coordination with the UFWD, with funding provided by foreign nationals located in China and Hong Kong.”
CNN has actually called Lee for remark however has actually not gotten a reply.
When CNN checked out Lee’s workplaces Thursday, they were empty and appeared so for a long time. A note on the door stated the workplace had actually been shut due to the pandemic. Nobody responded to the door or telephone number published on the door and an e-mail to the generic workplace address marketed was not responded to.
Ian Duncan Smith, a senior British legislator and previous leader of the judgment Conservative Celebration, raised the alarm in Parliament on Thursday, stating that MI5 had actually alerted Home Speaker Lindsay Hoyle that an “agent of the Chinese government” has actually been actively working to “subvert” the procedures of Parliament.
“This is a matter of grave concern,” Duncan Smith stated.
Lee is thoroughly linked to “individuals across the UK political spectrum, including through the now-disbanded All-Party Parliamentary Chinese in Britain Group, and they may aspire to establish further APPGs to further the CCP’s agenda,” MI5 stated.
CNN has actually connected to the Chinese embassy in London for remark.
Duncan Smith asked that, due to the occurrence, parliament think about boosting security and deport the Chinese representative. Duncan Smith stated he heard the person would not be deported and questioned why more action would not be taken versus “an agent of a foreign despotic and despicable power.”
“This is surely not good enough,” Duncan Smith stated on Thursday.
MI5 stated that anybody who has actually been called by Lee “should be mindful of her affiliation with the Chinese state and remit to advance the CCP’s agenda in UK politics,” and to get in touch with the Parliamentary Security Director if they got “concerning or suspicious contact.”
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.