Women who are linked to the Chinese Communist Party are trying to ‘hide their involvement in UK politics’. According to MI5, the United Front Work Department (UFWD) of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has worked “covertly in coordination” with Christine Ching Kui Lee, who is a member of the CCP. She “is thought to be involved in political interference activities in the UK.”
“We believe the UFWD is attempting to influence UK politics by establishing links with established and aspiring parliamentarians from across the political spectrum.” This is from the MI5 alert, which CNN got on Thursday.
“Financial donations to political parties, parliamentarians, and people who are running for office in the UK,” the alert said. The alert said Lee has also been “facilitating donations to political entities on behalf of foreign nationals,” the alert said.
When you search the UK Company Register, it says that Lee is from the UK.
There is a lot of talk about Lee’s activities in the UK, but MI5 says that while she says her goal is to “represent the UK Chinese community and increase diversity,” those activities have been done “in covert coordination with the UFWD, with funding from foreign nationals in China and Hong Kong.”
CNN has tried to get in touch with Lee but hasn’t gotten a response.
When CNN went to Lee’s office on Thursday, it looked like it had been empty for a long time. It said the office was closed because of the virus. Neither the door or phone number was answered, and an email sent from the generic office address was not answered.
British lawmaker Ian Duncan Smith raised the alarm in Parliament on Thursday, saying MI5 told House Speaker Lindsay Hoyle that a “agent of the Chinese government” has been working to “subvert” the work of Parliament. He said this because the Chinese government has been working to “subvert” the work of Parliament.
“We have to be very careful about this,” Duncan Smith told us.
MI5 says that Lee has a lot of connections with people from all walks of life in the UK, including thru the now-disbanded All-Party Parliamentary Chinese in Britain Group. They may want to set up more APPGs to help the CCP’s goals.
CNN has asked the Chinese embassy in London for a response to what they have said to them.
In response, Duncan Smith asked that parliament think about increasing security and deporting the Chinese agent in light of the incident, so that they can keep the country safe. In what Duncan Smith said, he heard that the person would not be deported. Duncan Smith wondered why more action wasn’t taken against “an agent of a foreign despicable power.”
Duncan Smith is very outspoken about how bad the Chinese government is. He was punished by Beijing last year because of what he said about the treatment of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang. He can’t come into the country. Businesses and people in China are also not allowed to do business with him.
He said, “This is not good enough,” Duncan Smith told the press on Thursday.
MI5 said that anyone who has been contacted by Lee should be aware of her ties to the Chinese government and her remit to help the CCP’s agenda get more attention in British politics. If they get “concerning or suspicious contact,” they should call the Parliamentary Security Director.