Woman linked to Chinese Communist Party “seeks to secretly interfere in British politics”, says MI5
MI5 alleges in an alert that Christine Ching Kui Lee “acted secretly in coordination” with the United Front Work Department (UFWD), of the Communist Party of China (CCP) and is “found to be involved in political interference activities in the United Kingdom. United. ”
The MI5 “interference alert”, obtained by CNN on Thursday, said: “We believe the UFWD is seeking to secretly interfere in UK politics by establishing links with established and aspiring parliamentarians across the country. political spectrum “.
The alert also added that Lee had facilitated “financial donations to political parties, parliamentarians, aspiring parliamentarians and those seeking political office in the UK, including by facilitating donations to political entities on behalf of foreign nationals. “.
The UK Company Register lists Lee as a British citizen.
MI5 said that although Lee said his UK-based activities were aimed “at representing the Chinese community in the UK and increasing diversity,” these activities were “carried out in covert coordination with the UFWD, with funding provided by foreign nationals located in China and Hong Kong. Kong. “
CNN has reached out to Lee for comment but has not received a response.
When CNN visited Lee’s offices on Thursday, they were empty and appeared that way for a while. A note on the door said the office had been closed due to the pandemic. No one answered the door or the phone number displayed on the door, and an email to the advertised generic office address was not answered.
Ian Duncan Smith, a top British lawmaker and former leader of the ruling Conservative Party, sounded the alarm bells in Parliament on Thursday, saying MI5 had warned House Speaker Lindsay Hoyle that a “Chinese government agent” was actively working on “subvert” the processes of Parliament.
“This is a matter of serious concern,” Duncan Smith said.
Lee is closely linked to “individuals from across the political spectrum in Britain, including through the now disbanded Chinese all-party parliamentary group in Britain, and they may aspire to establish other APPGs to move the agenda forward. of the CCP, ”MI5 said.
CNN has contacted the Chinese Embassy in London for comment.
Duncan Smith demanded that in light of the incident, parliament consider stepping up security and deporting the Chinese agent. Duncan Smith said he heard that the individual would not be deported and wondered why further action would not be taken against “an agent of despotic and despicable foreign power”.
“It’s definitely not enough,” Duncan Smith said Thursday.
MI5 said that anyone contacted by Lee “should be aware of their affiliation with the Chinese state and take responsibility for advancing the CCP’s agenda in British politics” and contact the Director of Parliamentary Security if they have. received “a worrying or suspicious contact”.