Chinese spies on British visitors: officials routinely checked, leaked documents suggest

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Chinese spies on British visitors: Officials routinely checked when traveling to country on business, leaked documents suggest

  • The recorded information includes dates of birth and passport numbers
  • Data in the database includes Margaret Johnson OBE and an army officer
  • List also includes 7,600 Uyghur Muslims in Shanghai, marked as ‘terrorists’

British officials are routinely spied on by China when traveling to the country on business, it was claimed last night.

Businessmen, doctors and teachers are also among the more than 100 Britons whose data is on a Chinese police watch list, according to a leaked database.

Information recorded about the individuals includes dates of birth, passport numbers and their points of entry and exit.

Data in the database includes Margaret Johnson OBE, head of an advertising agency with an office in Shanghai, an army officer and two Virgin Atlantic pilots.

MI5 investigates files that have emerged amid mounting tensions between the UK and China over human rights violations by the Uyghur minority

MI5 investigates files that have emerged amid mounting tensions between the UK and China over human rights violations by the Uyghur minority

The list also includes 7,600 Uyghur Muslims in Shanghai, who have been marked as “terrorists,” the Daily Telegraph reported.

MI5 is investigating the files, which have emerged amid mounting tensions between the UK and China over human rights violations by the Uyghur minority.

The data that analysts have seen is stored on servers at the Public Security Bureau in Shanghai and was largely collected in 2016. The agency reports to Beijing.

BBC China correspondent John Sudworth (pictured) has been forced to flee to Taiwan with his family after “threats” from authorities over his reports of human rights violations and the Covid pandemic.

Cybersecurity consultancy Internet 2.0, which obtained the databases, said, “The system gives us new insight into how China is tracking dissidents and trying to exploit data on foreign entries and businesses.”

A spokesman for the Chinese embassy in London said that recording dates of birth, passport numbers and entry and exit points is “a common international practice.”

BBC China correspondent John Sudworth has been forced to flee to Taiwan with his family after “threats” from authorities over his reports of human rights violations and the Covid pandemic.

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