Far-Left Labour party supporters have been labelled ‘useful idiots’ for spreading Chinese Communist Party propaganda in Britain.
Hard line activists loyal to former leader Jeremy Corbyn have joined forces with pro-Beijing groups in a bid to sanitise the totalitarian state’s image.
The coalition of left-wing campaigners and Chinese activists blame ‘aggressive Government statements against China’ for driving a spike in anti-Asian racism, claiming it is leading to a ‘new cold war’.
But critics say this is just a sinister smokescreen designed to dismiss all criticism of Beijing’s brutal regime.
Among the hard-left activists who have thrown their weight behind these pro-Beijing organisations is Fiona Edwards, a senior member in the Stop the War Coalition
Last week, a rally against anti-Asian hate descended into violence when Hong Kongers challenged the pro-CCP organisers.
Shocking footage from the brawl showed a thug allegedly stamping on a defenceless man’s head.
Tory MP Tim Loughton, acting chair of the Home Affairs Committee and a member of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, said: ‘For a long time it’s been suspected that the Chinese Communist Party deploys useful idiots on the extreme left to defend their cause.
‘And straight out of the CCP playbook, they will try to caricature any criticism of the Chinese government as Sinophobic or say it’s fomenting war, which of course is entirely bogus.’
Hong Kongers, many of whom have fled persecution in their homeland, say they have been harassed, intimidated and assaulted after standing up to these groups in the UK.
Simon Cheng, a former British consulate worker in Hong Kong who claims he was tortured in China, said: ‘Such behaviour should not be tolerated in any civilised society. These egregious acts only reveal the true nature of these groups that stand for nothing to do with ‘human rights’ or ‘anti-racism’ as they claim, but for hypocritical and oppressive regimes.’
Dr Ping Hua (pictured), a senior academic at the University of Southampton, is a frequent apologist for the alleged atrocities carried out by the Chinese Government
Ex-Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell was due to speak at the rally but said that he pulled out at the last minute after he was made aware that some of the organisers supported the draconian security laws in Hong Kong.
Among the hard-left activists who have thrown their weight behind these pro-Beijing organisations is Fiona Edwards, a senior member in the Stop the War Coalition.
In addition to speaking at Saturday’s rally, she has previously tweeted that the genocide of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang is a ‘US fabrication’ and lavished praise on the Chinese government’s anti-poverty drive.
Also at the rally was former Labour member of the London Assembly and chairman of Stop the War Coalition, Murad Qureshi.
Meanwhile, Labour MP Richard Burgon was last week asked five times on LBC radio if he thought the Chinese state were carrying out genocide in Xinjiang but refused to answer.
This is despite the UK Parliament declaring in April that China is committing genocide against the Uyghur people in Xinjiang province.
Matthew Henderson, a former Foreign Office diplomat based in China, said: ‘It’s an entirely artificial construction, and fake outrage — the Chinese Government knows perfectly well that nobody, but nobody, has a problem with the Chinese people.
‘Instead what happens is these puppets of the regime, overseas, jump to attention and up they get and start saying ‘this is racist’ — the Chinese Communist Party is in fact racist.’
One of the rally’s organisers, Dr Ping Hua, a senior academic at the University of Southampton, is a frequent apologist for the alleged atrocities carried out by the Chinese Government.
For example, she wrote a recent piece in the Morning Star, the daily newspaper of the British Communist Party, which claimed China has been the victim of ‘appalling lies and fabrications on human rights issues’.
She added: ‘These unjustified falsehoods have resulted in a witch hunt against China, from unwarranted charges concerning Xinjiang to provocative subversion in Hong Kong, along with encouraging Taiwan’s independence in order to violently interfere in China’s internal affairs.’
Another key organiser of last Saturday’s rally, Bobby Chan, led a picket outside a concert full of Hong Kongers in October 2019, where chants of ‘China belongs to us’ were heard and signs were brandished which read ‘everyone has a role to play in exterminating cockroaches’.
Another key organiser of last Saturday’s rally, Bobby Chan (pictured), led a picket outside a concert full of Hong Kongers in October 2019, where chants of ‘China belongs to us’ were heard and signs were brandished which read ‘everyone has a role to play in exterminating cockroaches’
Both Chan and Dr Hua are directors of The Monitoring Group (TMG), which, since 2016, has received around £70,000-a-year project funding from Sadiq Khan’s Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) to investigate anti-Asian hate crimes.
Another group behind the event, The London Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, published an advert in a pro-Beijing newspaper at the end of May last year supporting Beijing’s National Security Law in Hong Kong. The legislation led to a brutal crackdown on protests and freedom of speech.
Last night, a spokesman for TMG said it was ‘ludicrous’ to suggest Mr Chan and Dr Hua were pro-Beijing.
They added: ‘None of our members who attended the event were involved in any violence or threats.
‘The Monitoring Group does not have any issue with individuals or groups legitimately criticising the Chinese Communist Party.’
MOPAC did not respond to a request for comment.