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MI5 warns of Chinese agent interfering in UK politics

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MI5 warns of Chinese agent interfering in UK politics

Asher Notheis January 13, 09:55 PMJanuary 13, 09:55 PM

A Chinese agent may have infiltrated the British Parliament with the hopes of disrupting the country’s politics.

MI5, also known as the Security Service, issued a warning Thursday that said Christine Ching Kui Lee has “established links” between the Chinese Communist Party and current, as well as aspiring, members of Parliament, according to the BBC.

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The security agency said Lee gave donations to U.K. politicians using money that came from foreign nationals in China and Hong Kong. MI5 warned that anyone contacted by Lee should be “mindful of her affiliation” and its “remit to advance the Chinese Communist Party’s agenda.”

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The Chinese Embassy in London denied that Beijing has sought to interfere in U.K. politics.

“China always adheres to the principle of noninterference in other country’s internal affairs,” an embassy spokesperson said, adding, “We have no need and never seek to ‘buy influence’ in any foreign parliament. We firmly oppose the trick of smearing and intimidation against the Chinese community in the U.K.”

Still, Home Secretary Priti Patel said it was “deeply concerning” that someone “who has knowingly engaged in political interference activities on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party has targeted parliamentarians,” according to the BBC. She said the United Kingdom has measures in place “to identify foreign interference.” Additionally, all members of Parliament and peers must be given an update from MI5 on security risks and how to guard against interference.

Some of the members of Parliament who received donations from Lee include Barry Gardiner and Sir Ed Davey. Gardiner said he had always made MI5 aware of Lee’s donations, while Davey said the money was accepted by his local association, and it was “the first time he has been given cause to be concerned.”

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