UK’s MI6 recruited Chinese state workers as spies, China says

China has accused the UK’s Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, of recruiting Chinese state employees as spies.

In a post on its official WeChat channel, China’s Ministry of State Security said MI6 agents turned a Chinese man identified only by his surname Wang and his wife surnamed Zhou against Beijing.

Both worked in “confidential core” departments of a Chinese state agency.

The ministry alleged that MI6 began cultivating Wang when he went to the UK to study in 2015, under a Sino-British exchange programme.

The agents took “particular care” with him in the United Kingdom, inviting him, for example, to dinners and guided tours to “better understand his interests and weaknesses,” the ministry said.

The BBC has contacted UK authorities for a response.

This comes a little over a month later UK accuses two men of spying for China. British police accused them of delivering “articles, notes, documents or information” to a foreign state, while China called the accusations “malicious slander.”

Earlier this month, a former royal marine accused of helping Hong Kong intelligence service He was found dead, police said.

Beijing and several Western countries have increasingly exchanged accusations of espionage.

In Wang’s case, Chinese authorities said MI6 agents took advantage of Wang’s “strong desire for money,” befriended him on campus under the pretext that they were alumni, and got him to provide “services.” paid consultancy services.

After some time, and under their assessment that “conditions were ripe,” the agents asked him to serve the British government in exchange for better remuneration and security offers, China’s Ministry of State Security said.

Through Wang, MI6 agents also recruited Zhou to spy for China, he added.

“Wang initially hesitated, but could not resist repeated persuasion, temptation and even coercion (from the agents), and finally agreed,” the ministry said in a statement on WeChat.

“Under Wang’s strong instigation, Zhou agreed to collect intelligence… and he and his wife became British spies.”

He added that the case is still under investigation.

China’s Ministry of State Security has been posting frequent updates on its official channel since its launch in August.

In January it warned its citizens against “Exotic beauties” who seek to lure them into the hands of foreign spy agencies..

Among other things, it also warned citizens against photographing military equipment and warned against organizations that “recruit aviation enthusiasts as volunteers” to transmit flight data from China to other countries.

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