Seeking to covertly interfere in UK politics

It is very well know that many countries sent infiltrates to other countries to get to know more inside information as well as to covertly interfere in  their politics, cultivating relationships with influential figures.

In 2006 in a bid to increase the participation of Chinese nationals in UK politics popular British-Chinese lawyer Christine Ching Kui Lee, born in 1963 in Hong Kong, created the British Chinese Project (BCP), as a a cross-party organisation, with a website that became very popular.

Launched in the House of Commons with the help of Labour MP Andrew Dismore, the group sought to

“empower the UK Chinese community, making them aware of their democratic rights and responsibilities, while ensuring the needs and interests of the community are heard at a political level”.

In 2008, Dismore flew to Beijing, on a “study visit” as chair of the Chinese in Britain All-Party Parliamentary Group. The group, established in 2006, had received secretariat support from the BCP since inception.

According to parliamentary watchdog website TheyWorkForYou, Dismore’s air fare was sponsored by Christine Lee & Co, the law firm owned by Lee. His in-country costs were apparently met by the Chinese government’s Department of Overseas Chinese.

The Home Secretary decided Lee’s activities were below the threshold of criminal activity to be confident of a successful prosecution, but nonetheless said her activities were “deeply concerning”.

Lee has also been photographed with David Cameron, and was given the Points of Light award by Theresa May when she was prime minister. The award was withdrawn on Thursday.

Lee’s links to the in 1921 founded Chinese Communist Party (CCP) are long-standing and well-developed, and she has met China’s premier Xi Jinping. She has been chief legal adviser to the Chinese embassy in London, and a legal adviser to the administrative office, previously under the State Council of the People’s Republic of China responsible for liaising with overseas Chinese residing abroad or returning to China, the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office (OCAO), part of Beijing’s vast network of influence overseen by the UFWD.

Charter of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) logo.svgShe is also an executive member of the China Overseas Friendship Association and a committee member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (a political advisory body in China), both of which are run by the UFWD.

Ms Lee represents an ideal figure of modern espionage, which had passed the idea people have from the James Bond films. States use more professional managers and layers, connected, respected people, who have the ability to build up good connections and to be good company at a party – but whose loyalty remains overseas.

This week it has become clear that she may have played a very important role in the espionage work of China.
MI5 may now have substantial evidence of her links to the Chinese Party-State. But it’s also a recognition that Chinese attempts to influence the outside world come in various guises, and just because some are more public doesn’t mean they are less troubling.

The Chinese embassy in London dismissed the allegations against Ms Lee as

“smearing and intimidation against the Chinese community in the UK”.

Security notice about Christine Lee by Britain’s MI5.

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Please find also to read

  1. Christine Ching Kui Lee Wiki, Age, Biography, Family, Husband, Parents, Height – Daily News Catcher
  2. Christine Lee: Lawyer, mother-of-two, pillar of Anglo-Chinese community … and spy
  3. Inside the shadowy organisation behind China’s Parliament spy
  4. Chinese spy Christine Lee operated out in the open, damaging trust and creating an atmosphere of paranoia

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Related

  1. UK security services warn of suspected Chinese spy active in parliament
  2. China says UK spy claims against Christine Lee a result of watching ‘too many 007 movies’
  3. MI5 as Chinese Agent in the British Parliament | Christine Lee
  4. British intelligence service MI5 accuses China of political interference in the UK and they have proof

Published by Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".

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