by UnHerd
Friday, 26
March 2021

Tom Tugendhat: the Chinese sent letters to my home

Placed on a sanctions list by the Chinese Government, the Tory MP talks to Freddie Sayers
by UnHerd

Tom Tugendhat MP is Chair of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee and one of the five British MPs placed on a sanctions list yesterday by the Chinese Communist Party. He spoke to Freddie Sayers about what it means.

On the impact of sanctions on him personally

“It doesn’t affect me at all, really, because I have no interests in China, either personal or professional. So for me, it’s not significant. But what this is, is an attempt to intimidate British business people, intimidate British politicians and, by the way, intimidate many other people around the world. This is an attempt to bully and I hope it will be seen for exactly what it is.”

These are Chinese rights, not Western rights

“I think we need to stand up for human rights as set out by the UN Declaration of Human Rights, which is not a Western imposition. Those human rights were written by P.C. Chang, a Chinese diplomat. These are Chinese rights that we’re standing up for. And it’s quite something that the Chinese Communist Party is the organisation that is looking to condemn the Chinese citizenry to hardship and its non Chinese powers that are looking to stand up for the Chinese people.”

‘Guarding the guards’ over Covid restrictions

“I know the government got extra powers, which allow it to go until six months time, but it needs to lift them the moment that that is reasonable to do so which I hope, according to the government’s own timelines will be around the 21st of June. So I think that, you know, there is certainly a job of guarding the guards for members of parliament today and powerful speeches by people like Charles Walker yesterday, and and indeed many others on all sides of the house were very important to listen to, but I don’t think it’s quite the same parallel.”

On personal harassment by the Chinese state

“I’ve had letters sent to my home, which is a sort of a ‘we know where you live’ type of message by people in mainland China and friends of mine in agencies have been quite clear as to who they believe has done it. And I’ve had fake email addresses set up in my name and sent out messages to people like you often claiming all sorts of extraordinary and spurious claims… There’s absolutely no doubt that in a tyrannical state like China, these are not the actions of free citizens. These are the actions of the Chinese state. There’s no doubt about it at all. And speaking to internet providers, it’s absolutely clear, who has been doing it, there’s really no doubt at all.”

‘Minor irritation’

“The Chinese state has been doing this to its own people for 50 years — it’s hardly surprising that it’s now doing it to people it considers a nuisance overseas. The reality is that the Chinese government runs an extremely aggressive totalitarian regime with which it seeks to silence dissent. It has some of the largest numbers of people in prison, it has some of the highest capital punishment rates in the world, it executes in prisons in order to achieve its aims. And it intimidates in order to attempt to silence beforehand. And you know, the fact that I’m getting some minor irritation, it shouldn’t be here or there.”



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  • Unfortunately Democracies no matter how fragile cannot understand this is no sudden 5 year short lived plan, this has been in development since Mao’s 1949 speech “the Chinese people have stood up”. Through to this January’s President Xi’s comments to the Chinese Communist Armed Forces “Prepare for war”. there has been a central communist theme of making China undefeatable and taking back ALL lands, such as Macao, Hong Kong and Taiwan (Formosa). Worse they are expanding into the South China Seas claiming vast mineral rights.
    In the 1960’s the little red book was waived aggressively from its Embassies, “papers spoke of Reds under the beds”.
    Now we have open agression in Nepal and India. Myanmar has Chinese Communist party sponsored brutality and murder. These are not coincidences. From Vietnam to the Philippines, The Chinese are aggressively claiming territorial rights.
    Their belt and roads policies subborn governments and tie them to the Chinese will. Soon they will exploit their control of rivers feeding into South East Asia, they have built massive dam projects to control the flow of lifelines like the Mekong River. Meanwhile we have distractions and worry about Carbon emissions, China, India and Russia build coal fired power stations at one a week… Strangely activists don’t protest in these countries.

  • They have bought all sorts of people in the UK and have been doing so for years. Just as the EU bought people out with nice over-paid jobs, sinecures and grants – and made it so difficult for us to leave.

  • The Democrat Congressman Swalwell appears to have been bought with both money and honey by the Chinese. And still the Dems have not made him stand down from the Joint Intelligence Committee or whatever it’s called.
    But yes, you are right, they will soon start buying up our lot, just as they bought the Biden’s and numerous other US politicians.

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