Welcome to the Chinese Liberal Democrats

Creating a bridge between the UK Chinese community and the Liberal Democrats.

The Chinese Liberal Democrats, patrons Sir Ed Davey MP and Sir Menzies Campbell, is an associated organisation of the Liberal Democrat Party. We exist to explore ways of reaching out to the Chinese and SE Asian diaspora communities in the UK and to establish better understanding between the UK and China.

You can read more about our activities below, or using the links on the top right hand side of the page. Remember, we rely on people joining to really make a difference!

  • Article: Sep 21, 2021

    At the recent Autumn Conference, Liberal Democrats launched a new video that shows off our international credentials.

    The party has always had the reputation of leading the way in the sphere of foreign affairs and indeed CLDs' two founding patrons (the late Lord Paddy Ashdown and Sir Ming, Lord Campbell) believed that the UK can be a force for good globally.

    What does global Britain mean today and what can the government learn from the Liberal Democrats?

  • Event: Sep 30, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place

    The tectonic plates have been shifting eastwards. How should Western liberal powers respond to an increasingly confident and nationalistic China? Should the UK and the EU distinguish their foreign policies from those of the US and pursue a path of constructive engagement, or regard China as a hegemonic force to be constrained?

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    Article: Sep 11, 2021
    By Janice Turner, Vice Chair of the Liberal Democrat Campaign for Racial Equality in LibDem Voice

    More than a year has passed since the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement stunned the world into vowing to take racism more seriously.

    Tackling racism, however, always needs to begin at home, and both Liberal Democrat Campaign for Race Equality (LDCRE) and Liberal Democrats Black Lives Action Committee (BLAC) had hoped BLM would propel the party into making faster progress to increase membership and electoral support from ethnic minorities.

  • ESEA Heritage month
    Article: Sep 9, 2021

    An energetic group of young people have launched ESEA (East and SE Asian) Heritage month in September to complement Black History Month in October. https://www.besean.co.uk/esea-heritage-month

    According to the founders of ESEA heritage month, this "would be a way not only to foster community cohesion among ESEA people themselves, but to bring ESEA culture and heritage to the forefront of narratives toward the government objective to foster a modern and diverse Britain."

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    Article: Aug 30, 2021
    By Merlene Emerson

    This September marks the 15th anniversary of the Chinese Liberal Democrats. It was during the autumn conference of September 2006 during Sir Menzies, Lord Campbell's leadership of the party that CLDs was launched with Linda Chung as the first Chair. The late Lord Paddy Ashdown was of course a Patron with Sir Menzies with his history of association with work in China and the championing of the rights of HKers.

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    Article: Aug 28, 2021
    By Dr Yeow Poon

    Recently, the Chinese Liberal Democrats received a message expressing the following:

    "I really appreciate the Liberal Democrats for the solid support given to us Hongkongers!

    However, I'm worried about the safety of Hongkongers moving to the UK, especially if supporters of the Chinese Communist Party gain political influence or get invited as a consultant to handle affairs regarding Hong Kong immigrants. There's a real risk that these people will cooperate with the Hong Kong or Chinese government to extend their oppression in and outside Hong Kong. I hope the Liberal Democrats can take some action regarding this and protect the safety of Hong Kongers who're seeking freedom and new lives in the UK."

  • Victoria Collins at rally
    Article: Jul 30, 2021

    On Saturday 24 July Chinese LibDem members participated in rallies to say #NotoAsianHate. These protests were organised by the Facebook community group Stop Asian Hate UK and simultaneous protests were held in London, Birmingham and Newcastle to raise awareness about the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Article: Jul 29, 2021

    Following the annoucement by the Government of a fund to help Hong Kong British National Overseas (BNO) Passport holders who have taken residence in the UK, we have produced a template motion to allow Liberal Democrat councillors to raise with their Councils. For those where we are in control we can enact real change and for those in opposition to push councils to apply for this funding. Please do feel free to edit the template to fit your own local circumstances. The full text of the motion is below but can also downloaded here.

  • Cllr Roger Crouch
    Article: Jul 20, 2021
    By Cllr Roger Crouch, representing Twickenham Riverside ward on Richmond Council and a long standing member of CLDs in LibDem Voice

    This week, the US State Department issued an advisory note to US companies operating in Hong Kong highlighting risks that emerge from the implementation of the Chinese government's National Security Law. US Secretary of State, Anthony J Blinken, has highlighted the "…persistent and politically motivated campaign against the free press, imprisoned Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai, and forced the closure of that publication - a bastion of independent reporting. Beijing has chipped away at Hong Kong's reputation of accountable, transparent governance and respect for individual freedoms, and has broken its promise to leave Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy unchanged for 50 years."

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On sale now both print (£6 plus delivery) and Kindle versions of our book "UK China Twinned Cities - a friendly gesture or a viable channel for trade and investment for regional cities". Email info@chineselibdems.org.uk if you would like to purchase a hard copy or click here to buy it online.

Linda Chung: Lib Dem Councillor for Hampstead Town.

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