On January 13, 2022, the U.K.’s Security Service MI5 (Military Intellligence, Section 5) informed British Members of Parliament (MPs) that a Chinese lawyer Christine Ching Kui Lee (李贞驹) conducted clandestine political interference work in the United Kingdom. MI5 said Lee works for the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) United Front Department.
Lee is not only a member of the CCP’s Overseas Exchange Association, Chief Legal Advisor to the Chinese Embassy in London, and Legal Advisor to the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of China’s State Council; she is also the secretary of the All-Party China Group in the British Parliament. In 2006, she launched a “British Chinese Political Participation Project” and received a compliment from Downing Street. Her firm, Christine Lee & Co Solicitors, has offices in London, Birmingham, and Beijing. She is also a frequent presence in the British Parliament. She has been pictured in several media releases with former Prime Minister David Cameron, Theresa May, former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, and Xi Jinping.
Lee’s closest contact among political figures is Barry Gardiner, a Labour Party MP. She raised several hundred thousand pounds for Gardiner, who served as Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade from 2016 to 2020.
Lee’s son worked for Gardiner. After MI5 exposed Lee’s status, her son resigned from Gardiner’s office. Lee’s attorney office in London was emptied.
Martin Thorley, a researcher at the University of Exeter wrote in twitter that Xi Jinping promoted China to participate in the U.K.’s Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power project during his visit to the U.K.in 2015. However, the U.K. announced in 2016 that it would defer the project. Gardiner criticized the U.K. government’s decision; his opinion became the Labour Party’s main opinion.
Thorley mentioned on February 7, 2013, that Lee also made donations to Sir Ed Davey, Leader of the Liberal Democrats. The Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats were then in power jointly. At that time, Sir Ed Davey served the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change His reputation could convince the Liberal Democrats to support the nuclear power project for China.
Epoch Times also found several Chinese media reports on the CCP’s offering high-status treatment to Lee. On March 23, 2009, China News Services reported that Lee attended, as an overseas representative, the Second Session of the 11th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). Lee said that she was arranged to sit in the front rows and was also invited to join the CCP’s celebration of the 60th anniversary of the People Republic of China.
China Radio International (CRI) Online reported that Xu Yousheng, Deputy Director of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, received Lee in Beijing on April 12, 2011. Xu praised Lee.
In 2013, People’s Daily U.K. Channel opened the “Christine Li Column.”
In December 2017, Lee was hired as a member of the Legal Advisory Panel of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office. In her speech, Lee said that she was doing political lobbying .
The Times reported that, when Lee attended a banquet at the Chinese Embassy in London in 2020, she lashed out at the British and other Western countries for their condemnation of the CCP’s suppression of Hong Kong people’s rights. Lee told guests that Western media’s reports of bloody clashes between protesters and riot police, including police brutality, “failed to convey the true picture accurately.”
1. Epoch Times, January 15, 2022
2. Epoch Times, January 16, 2022