It was a turning point in the life of a 58-year-old entrepreneur who came to Britain from Hong Kong as a kid.
She was properly photographed outside no. 10 Downing Street, an iconic black door decorated with red banners celebrating the “golden age” in relations between the two nations.
The symbolism of the image was impossible to overlook: Lee reached the heart of the British establishment and embraced it.
In a personal letter, Ms May said – in words that now seem hopelessly naive – ‘I wish you all the best in your work for the continued involvement of the British and Chinese in the UK political system.’
Yesterday, our domestic security service MI5 revealed an elegantly dressed dark-haired Lee as an agent of the Chinese Communist Party who is “involved in political interference” by MPs on the left and right of the political spectrum.
Christine Lee poses in front of no. 10 Downing Street
And Ms. May was not the only high-ranking official to be received by the founder of the so-called British Chinese Project, a non-profit organization that aims to promote collaboration, understanding and collaboration between the Chinese community and wider UK society.
At the GG2 Leadership Awards, she was photographed whispering in David Cameron’s ear, and her connections with Labor politicians go back to Tony Blair’s premiership.
In addition to working on a British Chinese project, Lee – a compelling character with considerable charm – is a lawyer with offices in London and Birmingham who has so easily educated top business people as well as high-ranking politicians. Few seem to have been aware of the proximity of her connection to the Beijing elite, but evidence of this has long been there for those who chose to take a look.
As a representative of the “entire Chinese community in the UK”, Lee told the Parliamentary Home Affairs Committee a few years ago that her company, which advises Chinese entrepreneurs on how to invest in the UK, has an office with five employees at the Chinese British Embassy.
At a 2006 Citizenship Law Committee meeting, Lee said: “They (the Chinese embassy staff) are on the second floor, we are on the 17th floor. So every time the British embassy has problems, they send people to us and we send them we can explain in Chinese what’s going on. ‘
Christine Lee and David Cameron at the 2015 GG2 UK Leadership Awards Ceremony
There is even a picture on social media of a shining Lee shaking hands with Xi Jinping, the autocratic Chinese president.
According to the authors of Hidden Hands, a highly regarded book on China’s influence in the UK: “Its ties to the CCP are deep. She was the chief legal adviser to the Chinese Embassy in London … a clear sign of her importance to the CCP. ‘
The book adds that Chinese networks, including those led by Lee as so-called friendship and fundraising groups, have become so deeply entrenched among Britain’s elite that they have “gone past the point of no return”.
Her elevation to high positions with all the influence she brings is far from Miss Lee’s difficult past. Her family emigrated to Northern Ireland in the 1970s when she was 12 years old and attended a boarding school in Belfast, where she was the only Chinese woman among the ‘66 Irish girls ’.
Christine Lee pictured with former London Mayor Ken Livingston in 2012
An interview she gave a few years ago for China Daily – an English-language newspaper owned by the ruling Communist Party – offers an interesting insight into its background. “It is very difficult for a young girl to leave her home and her beloved grandparents and come to live in a cold place,” she told the newspaper.
“My English was poor and I couldn’t really communicate with other students, which put me in a weaker position than them. There was not much physical intimidation, but a lot of verbal. ‘
She got into the habit of putting seven teaspoons of sugar in her coffee to neutralize the bitter taste, but when one day she asked an ‘Irish girl’ to help her with sugar, the girl – viciously – replaced the sugar with salt.
But if they thought the dubious Lee would withdraw from the surprise and dissolve into tears, they were surprised: “The girls who watched thought I wasn’t going to drink this, but I told myself to drink the whole cup and give them I show that I am not weak. ‘ Lee certainly isn’t. She teamed up with other victims of bullies at school to practice karate so they could protect themselves.
According to the article, it was the injustice she experienced as a child that drove her to a legal career.
As a young lawyer, she specialized in immigration cases and helped Hong Kong migrants settle in the UK. Eventually, she became involved in the lucrative world of education and advised Chinese parents on how to “invest in their children’s education and work experience” in the UK.
Parents who were able to invest £ 1 million in this country qualified for the visa program, which gave their children the right not only to study here but also to seek employment.
Today, Lee lives with her husband, a 71-year-old British businessman named Martin Wilkes, in a £ 1 million house on a prestigious gated estate in the elegant West Midlands market town of Solihull, where neighbors have seen her come and go. Mercedes.
The couple are partners in a Midlands-based real estate company that rents out real estate to housing associations and municipalities.
But Lee’s real claim to fame, as we’ve seen, is a British Chinese project. The charity, which she founded in 2006, is not only aimed at raising awareness of politicians about the needs of their Chinese voters, but also campaigning for British and Chinese voting in general elections.
It was her success in promoting this seemingly worthy goal that brought Lee the ‘Points of Light’ award from Ms. May in January 2019. ‘I am humbled to refer to our work for the benefit of the British-Chinese community,’ she said at the time.
We now know that this was not the whole truth. Her good deeds enabled her to passport for the upper classes of British society and enabled her to spy on them for increasingly sinister foreign forces.