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May 14, 2024, 12:26 p.m.
Chinese ambassador summoned to UK Foreign Office
Chinese ambassador summoned to UK Foreign Office
['Kong', 'Office', 'Hong', 'government', 'Yuen']

A Foreign Office spokesperson says recent behaviour by China against the UK is "not acceptable".

Chinese ambassador summoned to UK Foreign Office

China's ambassador has been summoned by the UK Foreign Office, after three people were accused of assisting Hong Kong's intelligence services. In a meeting with Zheng Zeguang, the Foreign Office officials condemned a "Recent pattern of behaviour" by China, including cyber-attacks. Hong Kong called on UK officials to provide "Full details" of the charges. The Foreign Office said it told Mr Zheng that the "Recent pattern of behaviour directed by China against the UK, including cyber-attacks, reports of espionage links and the issuing of bounties" was "Not acceptable". Mr Zheng had "Made further, serious representations to the UK side on the UK's wrongful behaviour, including its unwarranted accusation" of Hong Kong's government. Chi Leung Wai, 38, Matthew Trickett, 37 and Chung Biu Yuen, 63, are accused of agreeing to undertake information gathering, surveillance and acts of deception that were likely to materially assist a foreign intelligence service between 20 December 2023 and 2 May. Mr Wai is a UK Border Force officer and Mr Trickett is a Home Office immigration officer who served as a Royal Marine for six years. On Tuesday, Hong Kong's leader John Lee said he did not know Mr Yuen personally after a photo of the two men reported to have been taken in 2002 began circulating online and in the media.

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