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Sun. Apr 21st, 2024

China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS) revealed that the head of a foreign consultancy, identified as Huang, has been allegedly spying for Britain’s MI6 intelligence service.

The MSS, in a WeChat post on Monday, stated that MI6 utilized Huang to establish an “intelligence cooperation relationship” by entering China under the guise of a foreign national. It is reported that Huang used their public profile as a cover to collect China-related intelligence and identify potential personnel for MI6.

The MSS claimed that Huang passed 17 pieces of intelligence, including confidential state secrets, to MI6 before being identified. According to the statement, Huang received “professional intelligence training” in Britain and used “specialist spying equipment” for communications. An investigation promptly discovered evidence of espionage activities, leading to criminal coercive measures in accordance with the law, as stated by the MSS.

The statement did not disclose further details about Huang’s identity, employer, or current status. The British embassy in Beijing directed inquiries to the Foreign Office in London, which did not immediately respond. China’s foreign ministry declined to provide additional comments during a regular press briefing.

This development comes amid heightened tensions between China and Britain, with both nations trading accusations of espionage in recent months. The British government has raised concerns about alleged Chinese spying targeting officials, a claim denied by Beijing. Previous incidents include the arrest of a researcher at the British parliament under the Official Secrets Act, who denied spying for Beijing.

China has also publicized other alleged spying cases, such as the sentencing of an American citizen, John Shing-wan Leung, to life in prison for espionage. The MSS published the case of another alleged spy, surnamed Hou, accused of sending secret documents to the US. In the past year, China conducted raids on consulting, research, and due diligence firms, raising concerns from the US government and chambers of commerce about potential damage to investor confidence and foreign businesses’ operations in China.

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