Chinese spies involved in British political interference

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UK intelligence agency MI5 is facing political pressure to explain why it didn’t inform the British parliament about the activities of a suspected Chinese spy earlier. The security agency has now said the spy was “openly involved in political interference in the UK”.

Britain’s security services have warned in recent months that China will increase its espionage activities in the country. But Christine Lee, a 59-year-old mother of two alleged spy and legal counsel for the Chinese Embassy, ​​was allowed to work freely and instead received an award from the British Prime Minister’s Office in Downing in 2019. Street.

Lee is said to have facilitated and channeled financial contributions from China to political parties and MPs, and has established links with top politicians for three decades, according to a rarely-issued warning from MI5 to the British parliament on Thursday, 13/1. numbers.

MI5 alert says Lee is an agent of the Ministry United Front Work, a department that reports directly to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. The warning said Lee used his monetary donations to reach out to British politicians and exert political influence. One of the politicians who received the biggest donations was veteran Labor MP Barry Gardiner.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin denied the accusations made by the British intelligence agency on Friday.

“China has always adhered to the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries,” he said at a press conference in Beijing. We do not need and will not engage in so-called intervention activities. There are certain people who watch too many 007 movies, as a result it creates too many unnecessary connotations.”

The Chinese Embassy in the UK said the allegations against Lee were part of a campaign to “smear and intimidate the Chinese community in the UK”. [jm/pp]

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