UK says lawyer is Chinese secret agent seeking to influence British politics – BBC News

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

The UK Security Service Mi5 has issued a rare warning, accusing a lawyer, Christine Lee, of working as an agent for the Chinese state and trying to influence British politicians.

The Security Service said that Christine Lee was engaged in political interference on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party.

She had made substantial donations including to the office of the Labour MP and former Trade Minister Barry Gardiner.

The UK Home Secretary Priti Patel said that it was “deeply concerning” but said the government had measures in place to identify such activities.

Reeta Chakrabarti presents BBC News at Ten reporting by security correspondent Gordon Corera.

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chris l January 14, 2022 - 5:15 AM

Anyone else think its fudged up that the only issue with bribing politicians is who's doing it? We fund the BBC to be impartial & they take 'donations' on top of the funding to be biased against the majority interest, if our MPs are doing the same its about time we passed a law stating that public servants can only be taxpayer funded & they instantly lose their job if found to be privately funded too.

The_Real_Big_Boss January 14, 2022 - 5:15 AM

Hey, that's the same thing that happened here in California, but instead of doing something, they just let her do their jobs, ain't that nice for them?

Samhian Blackmoon January 14, 2022 - 5:17 AM

Not a fan of the Chinese political parties but the poor people who work thier asses off day in and day out in the the county. We hear you 🔥👊🏽

Jennifer Chu January 14, 2022 - 5:18 AM

That Chinese Communist Party’s agent is one of the origin citizens from villages in the New Territories of Hong Kong who has enjoyed the exile plan offered to that group of people in 1960-70s. It was a moral responsibility to the British to prevent any possible revenge by CCP due to their ancients surrendered to the Great Britain in 1860s based on the deal that their offsprings could enjoy free land to build their own houses. Such “policy” is still effective in Hong Kong now.

CCP has also waived hands to these groups of people since 1960s. Many of them chose to enjoy offers from both sides. Up to the moment, many Hong Kong immigrants from that group isolated themselves from the local have ties with CCP. They spread and like to live in China Town in different counties. They don’t have mindset to treat UK as their home country even they physically settled down in UK for decades. They are active in different Chinese formal or informal organisations those are actually fully back up by CCP. They are so willing to be the white gloves to CCP, of course for exclusive returns.

Andrew January 14, 2022 - 5:18 AM

Honey traps 🪤 the commons are out performing

Gareth Xue January 14, 2022 - 5:19 AM

What is pity, no any facts. What policies and how did she influence? Your aim is to save Boris Johnson, great distraction

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River of Life January 14, 2022 - 5:20 AM

"Influence" like Israel… lobbyists influences UK parliament and US… governments?

The Anglo-Lithuanian January 14, 2022 - 5:20 AM

Just arrest her.

if u read dis u gayyy January 14, 2022 - 5:20 AM

The Chinese must be laughing at priti Patel's comments

Ziq Hu January 14, 2022 - 5:20 AM

Honour | Ikraam January 14, 2022 - 5:22 AM

Meanwhile Britain and its allies invade foreign countries with soldiers and tanks to “influence”’ politics over there.

positive vibe January 14, 2022 - 5:23 AM

Ok thanks for deflecting public attention, back to Boris and his lies.

MrGhosthacked January 14, 2022 - 5:23 AM

Then why the fuck haven't they burned her through the proper channels – this feels weird. Post brexit have they lost their teeth?

Divide And Conquer January 14, 2022 - 5:23 AM

MI5 should investigate David Cameron's China Initiative along with selling out our nuclear energy security to CCP, and Johnson's intention to sell our 5g telecommunications security to CCP until Trump stopped him.
Combine energy and telecommunication security both to the CCP?
A few years ago, those sell-outs of critical security would be uncontested acts of treason.

Robert Davies January 14, 2022 - 5:23 AM

SNP FM Sturgeon has been talking with China since her visit in 2015. Did sturgeon get a loan for £55 Million and investments? All are reported in the media and on the internet. Has MI5 investigated this as remember she did report to the EU the route of our vaccines coming into the UK through Southern Ireland?
Should be looked at as Scotland's government is a risk to the UK for keeping sensitive information quiet.

Purple Haze January 14, 2022 - 5:23 AM

Anything to divert attention from Boris…Not saying she isn't a spy, I mean the west is jam packed with CCP spies and everyone knows it but the timing is just so ridicuous..

Mat Broomfield January 14, 2022 - 5:24 AM

This feels more like a "Don't think we're not aware what you're doing" to China.

martycrow January 14, 2022 - 5:26 AM

Yes, this spy was working so secretly that her funding of Barry Gardiner's research staff was declared in 2015 and the matter even reported in The Times in 2017. Where is Bond when you need him? Clearly Priti Patel is no M.

EpicAudience January 14, 2022 - 5:26 AM

Hundred years ago the whole world is trying to invaded china and trying to divide china,.. hundred years later the whole world is afraid of china.. what a karma :D

DaRkLoRd1061 January 14, 2022 - 5:27 AM

Oh shit you mean all these social credits I've been building up with ccp are now useless?

Capri January 14, 2022 - 5:27 AM

Deport her or lock her up and Barry Gardiner needs to resign.

Modiloves Luli January 14, 2022 - 5:28 AM

This just a cover up for boris!!!!

Henry Law January 14, 2022 - 5:29 AM

Send these vile CCP puppets back to China.

RazorX53 January 14, 2022 - 5:30 AM

Lobbying isn't illegal.

Piano Fan January 14, 2022 - 5:30 AM

I am sure that MI5 would not accusing her if she were not Chinese. Clearly MI5 is racist!. I will call 007 instead.

Karuken January 14, 2022 - 5:30 AM

How strange. I wonder why they made this such a public incident?
Is this some sort of jab against China?
I wonder what the agenda is here. Not some stupid conspiracy theorist, but the real thing.

Dimitry Gamer January 14, 2022 - 5:31 AM

F China

Jake Baker January 14, 2022 - 5:31 AM

Ok Channel 4:
I guess I have to forgive you, everyone is going to feed me this story.

Gristly Billow January 14, 2022 - 5:31 AM

Convenient timing

COLD BREEZE January 14, 2022 - 5:32 AM

Patel talking about security 😃

Roger Byrne January 14, 2022 - 5:32 AM

Deport her.

winnie poyser January 14, 2022 - 5:32 AM


Pauline Weir January 14, 2022 - 5:32 AM

Harm to our democracy !! That ship has sailed mate !! The last 2 years has showed us that !! FFSake !!!

kevin murphy January 14, 2022 - 5:32 AM

Shocked. World needs to wake up to china's goal of destroying democracies throughout the world.

Grimpus1 January 14, 2022 - 5:32 AM

thats rascist