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China furious at arrest of ‘UK spies’

China enraged by arrest of alleged 'UK spies', escalating tensions between nations over espionage accusations.

  • Global News
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  • 14, May, 2024
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China furious at arrest of ‘UK spies’

Three individuals, including a Border Force officer and a Home Office immigration official, have been charged with spying for Hong Kong, further exacerbating tensions between the UK and China. Chi Leung Wai, Matthew Trickett, and Chung Biu Yuen stand accused of espionage activities targeting pro-democracy activists residing in the UK.

The response from China was swift and furious, with its London embassy condemning the UK's accusations as unwarranted. Mr. Wai, also known as Peter, holds a position at Heathrow Airport with Border Force UK and is alleged to have conducted surveillance and reconnaissance on behalf of the Hong Kong intelligence service. Additionally, he serves as a volunteer special constable with the City of London Police. Mr. Trickett, on the other hand, is a former Royal Marines commando who now works as a Home Office immigration enforcement officer.

The third individual, Mr. Yuen, is a retired Hong Kong police officer who currently serves as a Hong Kong trade official based in London. The arrests came following an investigation by counter-terrorism police under the National Security Act, aimed at countering threats posed by hostile states.

In response to the investigation, the Home Office has initiated a review of recruitment, vetting, and supervision procedures within Border Force and Immigration Enforcement. This move underscores the seriousness of the situation and the government's commitment to safeguarding national security.

Tom Tugendhat, the security minister, emphasized the importance of the National Security Act in combating foreign intelligence services and hostile actors. He reiterated the UK's stance of zero tolerance towards threats, harassment, or silencing of individuals within its borders. Protecting the rights and freedoms of citizens remains paramount, and the government is steadfast in its dedication to ensuring the safety and security of the British people.

The charges against the individuals involved highlight the complex geopolitical tensions at play, with implications for diplomatic relations between the UK and China. As the situation unfolds, it underscores the critical importance of vigilance and robust measures to safeguard national security in an increasingly interconnected world.

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