Christine Lee: UK’s MI5 says woman connected to Chinese Communist Party ‘seeking to covertly interfere in UK politics’

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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 involved in political interference activities in the UK.”

The MI5 “interference alert,” obtained by CNN on Thursday, mentioned: “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.”

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The alert additionally added that Lee has been facilitating “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 Company Register lists Lee as a British citizen.

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Christine Ching-Kui Lee, who was named by MI5 in a security alert.

MI5 mentioned that whereas Lee has mentioned her UK-based actions are “to represent the UK Chinese community and increase diversity,” that these actions have “been undertaken in covert coordination with the UFWD, with funding provided by foreign nationals located in China and Hong Kong.”

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

When CNN visited Lee’s workplaces Thursday, they had been empty and appeared so for a while. A notice on the door mentioned the workplace had been shut due to the pandemic. No one answered the door or telephone quantity posted on the door and an e-mail to the generic workplace handle marketed was not replied to.

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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 government” has been actively working to “subvert” the processes of Parliament.

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

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Lee is extensively connected 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 mentioned.

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

Duncan Smith requested that, in gentle of the incident, parliament think about beefing up safety and deport the Chinese agent. Duncan Smith mentioned he heard the person wouldn’t be deported and questioned why additional motion wouldn’t be taken towards “an agent of a foreign despotic and despicable power.”

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 surely not good enough,” Duncan Smith mentioned on Thursday.

MI5 mentioned that anybody who has been contacted 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 contact the Parliamentary Security Director in the event that they obtained “concerning or suspicious contact.”

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