Chinese ambassador summoned to the Foreign Office because of ‘British spies’

The Foreign Office has summoned the Chinese ambassador to a meeting after three people were accused of spying for Hong Kong on Monday, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.

It is believed that Zheng Zeguang is meeting with officials and not with Lord Cameron, the Foreign Secretary or other ministers.

The ambassador is expected to be indicted on charges of foreign interference in British soil. The meeting was scheduled for 10:30 am at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

A spokesperson for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) said: “Today the Chinese Ambassador was summoned to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on instructions from the Secretary of State.

“The FCDO was unequivocal in stating that China’s recent pattern of behavior against Britain, including cyber attacks, reports of espionage links and the offering of bounties, is not acceptable.

“The summons followed Monday’s announcement that three people have been charged with offenses under the National Security Act as part of an investigation led by officers from the Met Police’s Counter Terrorism Command. The foreign intelligence service to which the allegations relate is that of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.”

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