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UK intelligence service MI5 issued alert to UK MPs claiming ‘Chinese government agent’ has been ‘active’ in parliament

Beijing has strongly denied allegations that Christine Lee was working on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to interfere in British politics by infiltrating the country’s parliament, accusing MI5 of “defamation and intimidation.”

In response to claims made public Thursday, the Chinese Embassy in London has hit back at MI5 and the UK government, saying it had “it’s not necessary” at “buy influence in any foreign parliament.”

Mocking the allegation, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin suggested to UK officials “I watched too many 007 movies, which resulted in unnecessary mental associations”, arousing these “Alarmist remarks”.

“We strongly oppose the defamation and intimidation against the Chinese community in the UK”, read a statement on the embassy’s website, adding that “China always adheres to the principle of non-interference in [an]the internal affairs of the other country.

The firm denial comes after senior Tory politician Iain Duncan Smith referred to a letter from UK Speaker Lindsay Hoyle to all MPs. In a statement to the House of Commons, Duncan Smith claimed “Hoyle had been contacted by MI5 … to warn about a woman named Christine Lee, who had been” engaged in political interference activities on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party. “

Lee, who was allegedly involved in the Chinese all-party parliamentary group in Britain, is accused of “engaging” with the deputies in order to “Subvert the processes here” on behalf of the CCP.

Following Duncan Smith’s statement, Labor MP Barry Gardiner confirmed he had received funds from Lee but had been in contact with UK security services about the donations totaling over 420,000 £ ($ 576,720) over five years. UK Home Secretary Priti Patel said the government is finding “Deeply worrying” that an individual has targeted parliamentarians to engage “in political interference activities on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party.”

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