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Woman related to Chinese Communist Party ‘looking for to covertly intrude in UK politics,’ MI5 says

MI5 alleges in an alert that Christine Ching Kui Lee has “acted covertly in coordination” with the United Front Work Department (UFWD), of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and is “judged to be concerned in political interference actions within the UK.”

The MI5 “interference alert,” obtained by CNN on Thursday, stated: “We choose that the UFWD is looking for to covertly intrude in UK politics by means of establishing hyperlinks with established and aspiring Parliamentarians throughout the political spectrum.”

The alert additionally added that Lee has been facilitating “monetary donations to political events, Parliamentarians, aspiring Parliamentarians and people looking for political workplace within the UK, together with facilitating donations to political entities on behalf of international nationals.”

The UK Company Register lists Lee as a British citizen.

MI5 stated that whereas Lee has stated her UK-based actions are “to signify the UK Chinese neighborhood and improve variety,” that these actions have “been undertaken in covert coordination with the UFWD, with funding supplied by international nationals positioned in China and Hong Kong.”

CNN has contacted Lee for remark however has not acquired a reply.

When CNN visited Lee’s workplaces Thursday, they had been empty and appeared so for a while. A notice on the door stated the workplace had been shut because of the pandemic. No one answered the door or cellphone quantity posted on the door and an e mail to the generic workplace deal with marketed was not replied to.

The London offices of Christine Lee and Co.

Ian Duncan Smith, a senior British lawmaker and former chief of the ruling Conservative Party, raised the alarm in Parliament on Thursday, saying that MI5 had warned House Speaker Lindsay Hoyle that an “agent of the Chinese authorities” has been actively working to “subvert” the processes of Parliament.

“This is a matter of grave concern,” Duncan Smith stated.

Lee is extensively related to “people throughout the UK political spectrum, together with by means of the now-disbanded All-Party Parliamentary Chinese in Britain Group, they usually might aspire to ascertain additional APPGs to additional the CCP’s agenda,” MI5 stated.

CNN has reached out to the Chinese embassy in London for remark.

Duncan Smith requested that, in gentle of the incident, parliament take into account beefing up safety and deport the Chinese agent. Duncan Smith stated he heard the person wouldn’t be deported and questioned why additional motion wouldn’t be taken towards “an agent of a international despotic and despicable energy.”

Duncan Smith is a vocal critic of the Chinese authorities. He was sanctioned by Beijing final 12 months for his feedback on the therapy of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang and is barred from getting into the nation. Chinese companies and residents are additionally prohibited from doing enterprise with him.

“This is unquestionably not ok,” Duncan Smith stated on Thursday.

MI5 stated that anybody who has been contacted by Lee “must be aware of her affiliation with the Chinese state and remit to advance the CCP’s agenda in UK politics,” and to contact the Parliamentary Security Director in the event that they acquired “regarding or suspicious contact.”

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