Translated by: MOS Education team – Tony MG

An unprecedented security warning from MI5 was circulated to MPs and peers on Thursday that accused a lawyer, Christine Lee, of engaging in political interference activities on behalf of the United Front Work Department (UFWD) of Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

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The security warning stated that the UFWD of CCP was “seeking to covertly interfere in UK politics through establishing links with established and aspiring parliamentarians across the political spectrum” and to “cultivate relationships with influential figures”. According to the survey, Christina Lee made political donations totalling £675,586, of which £584,177 were “donations in kind”, and almost all of them were donated to Labour or MP Brent North and former frontline MP Barry Gardiner. 

The security warning was shared in an email from the Speaker’s office to MPs. In it, the authorities also accused Lee of having “facilitated financial donations to serving and aspiring parliamentarians on behalf of foreign nationals based in Hong Kong and China”.

Congressman Duncan Smith said that Mr. Speaker of the Congress has been contacted by MI5, and it is certain that there has been some agent of the CCP in parliament. MI5 is concerned that politicians of various parties may have been targeted in CCP spy operations.

Priti Patel, the home secretary, said that the UK government would take proportionate action to mitigate these threats from China where necessary. Despite the warning, however, it is understood Lee is not being prosecuted.

Concerns about Chinese espionage have been growing among Britain’s intelligence community. Late last year, Richard Moore, the head of MI6, said China had become the foreign intelligence agency’s “single greatest priority” for the first time in its history.

In 2020, Britain quietly expelled three alleged Chinese spies who were posing as journalists. MI5 concluded that the three worked for China’s powerful Ministry of State Security (MSS).

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