Updated Jan. 14, 2022, 12:25 p.m.
- Home Intelligence is warning British parliamentarians against a Chinese lawyer.
- MI5 is afraid to make contacts and distribute donations in order to influence politics in London in the interests of the Communist Party.
A rare warning from UK intelligence agency MI5 raised concerns over foreign interference in UK politics. MI5 has warned members of the British House of Lords and Commons in London about a suspected Chinese agent.
A lawyer named Christine Ching Kui Lee forges ties with the Chinese Communist Party and tries to influence British politicians in order to influence the political climate in favor of China.
Donations to politicians
A Labor MP, Barry Gardiner, allegedly received more than 420,000 pounds (around 503,000 euros) in donations from a Chinese company a few years ago and employed the alleged agent’s son in his office, according to the BBC. He said he kept the security services informed of the donations.
Christine Ching Kui Lee is also said to have succeeded in establishing contacts with the other parties in the kingdom. Current Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey is said to have received a donation of £ 5,000 from her to his local party association when he was Energy Secretary.
Then-Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May recognized the lawyer for her services to Anglo-Chinese cooperation during a ceremony in her office at 10 Downing Street in 2019. This was reported by “The newspaper” Guardian “.
China denies the claims
UK Home Secretary Priti Patel believes more similar warnings are likely to be imminent. Britain had “other opponents” who tried in different ways “to interfere with our country”.
The Secret Service can apparently justify their warning in the Lee case: This was preceded by extensive and long-term research, reports the BBC. According to the broadcaster, MI5 making such a warning public is an unusual step.
A spokeswoman for the Chinese embassy in London denied the allegations on Thursday evening. China basically stays out of foreign affairs and doesn’t need to “buy influence”. (dpa / fab)
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- BBC.com: MI5 warns of ‘Chinese agent’ in parliament
- TheGuardian.com: Profile: Christine Lee, the woman at the center of MI5’s security alert
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