Chinese spies infiltrated the British Parliament, MI5 says | news

Intelligence agencies say Chinese women are “participating in political interference activities” on behalf of Beijing.

British domestic intelligence has accused a woman suspected of working on behalf of China’s ruling Communist Party of attempting to improperly influence members of the British parliament, officials said.

The office of House of Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle said in a note to MPs on Thursday that MI5 found the woman “has been engaged in political interference activities on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party”.

Hoyle’s letter added that the unaccounted Chinese national had approached lawmakers and “made financial contributions to serving and aspiring lawmakers on behalf of foreign nationals in Hong Kong and mainland China.”

The Chinese government had no immediate comment.

MI5’s own intervention alert, which was distributed to MPs, said anyone in contact with the woman should “be mindful of her affiliation” and her “authority to advance the CCP agenda”.

The former leader of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party, Ian Duncan Smith, told parliament on Thursday that the case was “a matter of serious concern”.

He called for the woman to be deported and asked Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government to issue a statement to the House of Commons on the case.

Duncan Smith sanctioned by China over prominent allegations human rights violations in the Xinjiang region in the northwest of the country.

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Tobias Ellwood, a Conservative MP and former defence minister, also called on the government to make a statement to the House of Commons.

“It’s the kind of grey area interference we now expect and expect from China,” he said. “But the fact that it’s happening in this parliament, there must be a sense of urgency in this government.”

Relations between the UK and China have soured in recent years over issues including China’s tightening of control over Hong Kong and the situation in Xinjiang.

Last year, MI5 urged British citizens to be as vigilant of spying threats from Russia, China and Iran as they are “terrorism”.

British spies say China and Russia have their own try to steal Commercially sensitive data and intellectual property, as well as meddling in domestic politics and spreading misinformation.

UK in February 2021 fired The three alleged Chinese spies MI5 said were posing as journalists but actually worked for China’s Ministry of State Security.