China's long-term strategy of promoting CCP propaganda across the globe using its controlled media outfits has again been exposed as the Britain Intelligence service has arrested 3 Chinese spies working for different pro-CCP media outfits operating in Britain. The arrest took place on Friday, Feb 5, 2021.
"Their true identities were uncovered by MI5 and they have since been forced to return to China,", referring to Britain's domestic intelligence agency. All three had claimed to be working for three different Chinese media agencies. As per the reports, they had all arrived in the country over the past 12 months. Names of Chinese media agencies have not been revealed so far.
UK-China relations have become increasingly strained as Britain has criticized Beijing over its crackdown in Hong Kong and Xinjiang, and barred Huawei from its domestic 5G networks over security concerns. On Thursday British regulators revoked the licence of Chinese news network CGTN after finding its state-backed ownership structure broke UK law.
The regulator said CGTN's license holder, Star China Media Ltd, had failed to show it had editorial oversight over the network and that a proposed transfer to another media group would still keep it tied to the Chinese Communist Party.
The English-language satellite broadcaster has long faced criticism for parroting the Communist Party line in its global broadcasts. In the United States, it is one of seven Chinese media outlets that have been designated as state-sponsored actors rather than as independent media.