Christine Lee: UK’s MI5 says woman connected to Chinese Communist Part…

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, said: “We estimate that the UFWD is seeking to covertly interfere in UK politics by establishing links with established and aspiring Parliamentarians across the political spectrum.”

The alert also additional that Lee has been easing “financial donations to political parties, Parliamentarians, aspiring Parliamentarians and individuals seeking political office in the UK, including easing donations to political entities on behalf of foreign nationals.”

The UK Company Register lists Lee as a British citizen.

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

MI5 said that while Lee has said her UK-based activities are “to represent the UK Chinese community and increase varied,” that those activities 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 comment but has not received a reply.

When CNN visited Lee’s offices Thursday, they were empty and appeared so for some time. A observe on the door said the office had been shut due to the pandemic. No one answered the door or phone number posted on the door and an email to the generic office address advertised was not replied to.

The London offices of Christine Lee and Co.

Ian Duncan Smith, a senior British lawmaker and former leader 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 said.

Lee is extensively connected to “individuals across the UK political spectrum, including by 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 said.

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

Duncan Smith asked that, in light of the incident, parliament consider beefing up security and deport the Chinese agent. Duncan Smith said he heard the individual would not be deported and questioned why further action would not be taken against “an agent of a foreign despotic and despicable strength.”

Duncan Smith is a vocal critic of the Chinese government. He was sanctioned by Beijing last year for his comments on the treatment of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang and is barred from entering the country. Chinese businesses and citizens are also extremely from doing business with him.

“This is surely not good enough,” Duncan Smith said on Thursday.

MI5 said that anyone who has been contacted by Lee “should be mindful of her affiliation with the Chinese state and remit to improvement the CCP’s agenda in UK politics,” and to contact the Parliamentary Security Director if they received “concerning or suspicious contact.”

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