Former MPs, civil servants and navy personnel mustn’t work with Chinese language companies amid issues over the “menace” that Beijing poses to the UK, the Authorities has warned.
The alert comes as a report alleged that the Communist superpower tried to headhunt Britons in key roles as a part of its spy operations.
Chinese intelligence service personnel goal Britain each “prolifically and aggressively”, the landmark paper on China by Parliament’s spy company watchdog stated.
Dwelling Workplace minister Chris Philp stated individuals with delicate information and expertise ought to be cautious.
He informed Occasions Radio: “China does pose a menace. They’re clearly participating – not simply within the UK however throughout many nations within the West – a scientific marketing campaign of mental property theft and making an attempt to inveigle themselves into public life. It’s of concern, an enormous concern.” He stated ministers have acted to guard UK pursuits, resembling eradicating Huawei gear from telecommunications networks.
Mr Philp added: “We must be extraordinarily vigilant. People who’ve labored within the public sector – whether or not a civil servant, within the navy or frankly individuals who have been concerned in politics as nicely – must be, I might say to place it mildly, exceptionally cautious and admittedly ought to probably not…be working with form of organs of the Chinese language state after they depart public service.”
MPs on the Intelligence and Safety Committee stated Beijing has tried to rent ex-political figures for profitable roles to strengthen its affect. Downing Avenue aides stated there have been “important guidelines and protections” in place.
Rishi Sunak has confronted strain to toughen his stance on Beijing since a Parliamentary researcher was held on suspicion of spying for China – which he denies.