“That’s how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) works. Anyone who stands up for human rights and freedom, who is from Hong Kong or China and does not follow the ideals of the CCP, is likely to face false allegations, intimidation, harassment and persecution.
Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith, co-chair of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, said: ‘The government must now act against foreign powers attacking people in the UK.
“I say this as someone who has been sanctioned by the Chinese and who myself have been attacked by agents of the Chinese government. The UK government must now go ahead and make it clear to the Chinese that any such behavior will lead to sanctions .
Mr Duncan Smith has revealed that he was the victim of a Chinese cyber ‘wolf warrior’ who impersonated him in fake emails to high-profile political figures around the world, claiming that he had changed its position on China.
Mr Je, a graduate of the University of Wales and Manchester Business School with a master’s degree, has worked in blue chip banks in Hong Kong, including heading equity capital markets for Macquarie banking group for 10 years before deciding it wasn’t safe for his family to stay amid kidnappings and arrests of lawyers and publishers.
He had been an elite member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, which advises the Chinese government, but, quoting a Chinese saying, he said: “The more you know about them, the more you would like to leave them.
He came to Britain four years ago and, using his financial expertise, launched Himalaya Exchange – a blockchain technology service designed to give people financial freedom – on November 1, 2021. He now employs 200 people in London , including 50 Hong Kongers and 100 others. worldwide.
But two days after the launch, Himalaya’s website suffered two huge cyberattacks, which its security team identified as originating from China. The largest “denial of service” attack – designed to flood the website with fake traffic – generated 39.78 million requests in 30 minutes.
Mr Je claimed that staff had been intimidated by their images and personal information shared on Twitter and labeled as “part of a criminal organisation”. Bots and social media pages encouraged people to file bogus complaints with regulators against the exchange, even including instructional videos on how to do it.
He said it was a standard Chinese Communist Party tactic to discredit and damage companies’ reputations – much like submitting “malicious” complaints to regulators. It started with the British Columbia regulator in Canada and repeated in New Zealand and the Bahamas.
“Normally, if people complain, they complain first to the company and then to the regulators. Instead, these people go straight to the regulator, who comes and asks us a lot of questions and then finds out that It’s about bogus complaints,” Mr. Je said.
His most disturbing experience came after he gave an interview to a television station in March last year in which he criticized China’s approach to Taiwan. In the early hours of the next morning, her house was vandalized and rotten eggs were thrown on her windows.
The following month, a man was seen standing just outside his house on a quiet residential street, staring intently at his house. Both incidents were investigated by police, but remain unresolved. They are all the more disturbing as Mr Je came to Britain in search of security and a free democracy.
“The reason I moved to the UK is for the family. I no longer thought Hong Kong was a safe place,” he said. Now, however, he is ready for a sustained campaign.
“I have received information from parties, which I cannot name, that the CCP intends to escalate its attacks against me in a major way,” he said.