Infostani International- China’s Ministry of State Security has accused the head of a foreign consultancy, identified as Huang, of spying for Britain’s MI6. Huang allegedly collected China-related intelligence for MI6 using their public profile and passed 17 pieces of information before authorities identified them. This adds to the ongoing tensions between China and Britain over espionage allegations.
China Accuses Foreign Consultancy Head of Espionage for MI6; Alleged Spy Passed Confidential Intelligence
On Monday, China’s spy agency accused the head of a foreign consultancy of spying for Britain’s MI6 intelligence service. In a WeChat post, the Ministry of State Security revealed that the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, utilized a foreign national named Huang to establish an “intelligence cooperation relationship.” Huang, who led a foreign consulting agency, allegedly entered China multiple times to collect China-related intelligence for MI6 and identify potential personnel for recruitment.
Huang provided MI6 with 17 pieces of intelligence, including confidential state secrets, before authorities identified him, according to the MSS. The ministry claimed that Huang received “professional intelligence training” in Britain and utilized “specialist spying equipment” for communication. According to the MSS, an investigation promptly discovered criminal evidence of Huang’s espionage activities, leading to legal coercive measures. The statement did not disclose further details about Huang’s identity, employer, current condition, or whereabouts.
Recent months have seen China and Britain exchanging accusations regarding espionage, impacting national security. The British government has warned of increased Chinese spy activities targeting officials, which Beijing has denied. Last year, authorities arrested a British parliament researcher under the Official Secrets Act, but the individual denied spying for Beijing.
China’s Espionage Cases and Raids: Impact on National Security and Foreign Business Operations
China has publicized other alleged spying cases, including the sentencing of 78-year-old American citizen John Shing-wan Leung to life in prison for espionage. In October, the MSS disclosed the case of another alleged spy, named Hou, accused of sending secret documents to the US. China also conducted raids on various consulting, research, and due diligence firms last year, citing national security concerns.
These actions, including raids on US consultancy Capvision and questioning staff at the Shanghai branch of Bain, raised concerns about damaging investor confidence and affecting the operations of foreign businesses in China, as warned by the US government and chambers of commerce. The British embassy in Beijing redirected an AFP request for comment to the Foreign Office in London, which had not responded at the time of reporting.