China slams UK over political interference in parliament

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China slams UK over political interference in parliament

Beijing, January 15 ANI China slammed UK Military Intelligence, Section 5 MI 5 report that a British lawyer of Chinese descent is involved in political interference activities in the UK Parliament on behalf of the Communist Party of China CPC Wang Wenbin, the spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said at a press conference that some people may have seen too many James Bond films and made too many unnecessary associations.

He said that China has no need to engage in so-called political interference activities. He lambasted the UK for hyping the China threat theory for ulterior political purposes. It is very irresponsible to make groundless and alarmist remarks based on the subjective assumptions of individuals. Wang said China hopes that relevant British officials will refrain from making groundless remarks.

As per UK-based media, The M 15 said Christine Ching Kui Lee, who runs a law firm in the UK, has established links for the CPC with current and aspiring members of parliament.

Lee made donations to politicians with funding from the Chinese mainland and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, according to an M 15 source.

In 1997, Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule with the promise that wide-ranging individual rights would be protected.

In particular, pro-democracy activists and rights groups said the freedoms have been eroded since China imposed a new national security law after months of violent pro-democracy protests in 2019.

Lee is a founder of the British Chinese Project, which was founded in 2006, and aims to encourage Chinese-British in the UK to take an active role in politics to make their voices heard across British society, according to Global Times.

China always adheres to the principle of non-interference in other country's internal affairs. A spokesman for China's Embassy in the UK said on Thursday that we have no need and never seek to 'buy influence' in any foreign parliament.

Pro-Beijing lawmakers were sworn in to Hong Kong's Legislature in early January in the seventeenth Legislative Council of China's Special Administrative Area HKSAR elections, which follows the electoral overhaul by Beijing in HKSAR.

The first race to Pro-Beijing or patriots-only legislative began last month. The changes slashed the number of directly contested seats and required candidates to be screened by government officials.

As pro-government candidates swept into the expanded legislature, Hong Kong patriots only saw a record low voter turnout.

Many people boycotted the elections because they showed their apathy for the adulterated and undemocratic way of conducting the elections.

After the electoral overhaul, democracy in Hong Kong has gone for a toss, and included pro-Beijing or patriots only in HKSAR legislators.

The latest results show that almost all of the seats have been taken by pro-Beijing and pro-establishment candidates.