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China accused of secret lobbying campaign in UK against its critics

May 10, 2019 / Sophia Yan

The Chinese government is attempting to lobby British MPs to prevent human rights activists in the UK from criticizing its Hong Kong policy, a senior activist has claimed. Benedict Rogers, the deputy chairman of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission, said he was warned by two MPs about Beijing's alleged attempts after he wrote an article for the website Conservativehome.com. It is understood that the Chinese government may have learned of the article before it was published by monitoring the emails of Mr Rogers' colleagues in Hong Kong.  In June 2017, one of the MPs, which Mr Rogers wishes not to identify, told him that the Chinese embassy had expressed extreme displeasure about the piece, which discussed the erosion of freedom and autonomy in Hong Kong.