Christine Lee: UK’s MI5 says woman connected to Chinese Communist Party ‘seeking to covertly interfere in UK politics’

MI5 alleges in an alert that Christine Ching-kui Lee “acted secretly in coordination” with the United Front Action Department (UFWD), of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and “is judged to be involved in political interference activities in the UK.”

“We judge that the Confederation of Forces for Development seeks to covertly interfere in UK politics by forging links with established and aspiring parliamentarians across the political spectrum,” said an “interference alert” MI5, obtained by CNN on Thursday.

The alert also added that Lee was facilitating “financial donations to political parties, parliamentarians, aspiring parliamentarians and individuals seeking political office in the UK, including facilitating donations to political entities on behalf of foreign nationals”.

The UK company registry lists me as a British citizen.

MI5 said that while Lee said its UK-based activities were to “represent the Chinese community in the UK and increase diversity”, these activities were “carried out in secret coordination with the UFWD, with funding provided by foreign nationals residing in China and Hong Kong.” .

CNN has contacted Lee for comment but has not received a response.

When CNN visited Lee’s offices on Thursday, it was empty and so visible for some time. A note on the door stated that the office was closed due to the pandemic. No one answered the door or the phone number posted on the door and an email to the public office’s advertised address was not answered.

Kristen Lee & Associates offices in London.

Ian Duncan Smith, a top 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 a “Chinese government agent” was actively “sabotaging” Parliament’s operations.

“This is a very concerning issue,” Duncan Smith said.

MI5 said Li has been widely associated with “individuals across the UK political spectrum, including through the now-dissolved All-Chinese Party Parliamentary Group in Britain, and may aspire to create more APPGs to advance the CCP’s agenda”.

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

Duncan Smith, in light of the incident, requested that Parliament consider strengthening security and deporting the Chinese agent. Duncan Smith said he had heard that the person would not be deported and wondered why no further action had been taken against an “agent of a despicable and despicable foreign power”.

Duncan Smith is a vocal critic of the Chinese government. Beijing punished him last year for his comments on the treatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang and was denied entry to the country. Chinese companies and citizens are also prohibited from doing business with him.

“That’s definitely not good enough,” Duncan Smith said Thursday.

MI5 said anyone contacted by Li “should be aware of her connection to the Chinese state and take on advancing the CCP’s agenda in UK politics”, and contact the Parliamentary Security Director if they receive “relevant or suspicious communication”.

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