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!

  • Painting of a tiger by Helena Hung, artist (Painting by Helena Hung)
    Event: Feb 13, 2022 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

    HAPPY NEW YEAR 2022!

    Join us in ushering in the Lunar New Year of the Tiger by Zoom! Please bring along your new year cookies and snacks and share them virtually with everyone?

    The year of the Water Tiger will no doubt be an exciting one as the tiger is the king of the animals, symbolising strength and courage, albeit slightly unpredictable.

    CLDs are delighted to celebrate the lunar new year with our members and friends from diverse communities including Koreans, Vietnamese, Japanese and those from SE Asia. Hence, instead of a single guest speaker, we will have an open session with contributions from key members to share about CLD's work including on membership development, how to become a candidate as well as debate the current climate of fear and xenophobia following the breaking of the so-called Chinese spy story. Depending on your area of interest, we would welcome contributions and feedback in smaller break out rooms.

  • Robert Kim
    Article: Jan 17, 2022

    Editor: Welcome to Chinese Liberal Democrats, founded in 2006 to reach out to Chinese, East and SE Asians in the UK. Please tell us a bit of your background and cultural heritage, when you came to the UK and what you are doing at the moment professionally?

    Robert: I am a Korean British and came into the UK in 1995. I have advised the governments and utilities on their preparation and project development as a UK Solicitor specialized in Energy and Infrastructure project development. I have also served for Charities as a trustee, such as Kingston Race and Equality Council, London Korean School.

    Editor: That is so interesting. When did you get more involved in working within your Korean community, and can you share a bit more about the needs and concerns of the people you have been in touch with?

  • Security Alert 13.01.22
    Article: Jan 17, 2022
    By Dr Yeow Poon

    "On the 13th of January, MI5 released a Security Service Interference Alert (SSIA) to the House of Commons followed by some sensational headlines from the UK press, using words such as "alleged Chinese agent has infiltrated Parliament … Chinese secret agent seeking to influence British politics …. suspected Communist spy at the heart of British democracy."

  • Emma YuLian Ng
    Article: Dec 20, 2021

    Emma YuLian was recently co-opted into the Chinese Liberal Democrats' core team as Treasurer-elect. She speaks with CLD's co-founder Merlene Emerson about what drew her to the party and what advice she has for those interested in getting more involved in British politics.

    Merlene: I understand that you read mathematics at Oxford University. Could you share a bit more about your background and experience?

  • Amanda Jeyaretnam
    Article: Dec 18, 2021

    "I enjoy promoting diversity and inclusivity and good governance and would love to be part of the process of governance of the party. I hope that we fill all the positions available for representation from London.

    I joined the LibDems after Remain lost the Referendum and was very active in the European election campaign, including being a counting agent, volunteered in various by-elections, became a canvassing team leader for Chuka Umunna's campaign in GE 2019 and worked on the LGA elections and our Pimlico by-election.

  • Screen shot of Chinese LD AGM 28.11.21
    Article: Nov 30, 2021
    By Merlene Emerson in LibDem Voice

    At a virtual AGM last Sunday, South Cambridgeshire Councillor Sarah Cheung-Johnson was unanimously elected as the new Chair Chinese LibDems for 2022. The meeting was well attended including by members from the Korean and Vietnamese diaspora communities.

    This has of course been the vision of CLDs to be a network representing not just Chinese people but those of East and SE Asian heritage as well. In fact CLDs attempted a name change to BESEA or CESEA in the past year though the resolution did not pass.

  • Cllr Marguerita Morton
    Article: Nov 25, 2021
    By Cllr Marguerita Morton, Tunbridge Wells, St Johns Ward

    am a Councillor on Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and I reported to the Overview & Scrutiny Committee at our March meeting that we had to be vigilant when Hongkongers with BN(O) status start to arrive in the country in family groups. I warned that with hate crime on the rise, even in Tunbridge Wells, the Community Safety Team had to be on the alert that people are not being attacked for their ethnicity. Hate crimes had risen by 3.2% since last year due to the constant repetition on the media that Chinese were responsible for the spread of the "Wuhan virus". This is untrue as recent studies have shown Covid-19 had been brought into the UK via Europe. It was most likely from Northern Italy where there was a severe outbreak of C-19 cases with over 6,000 recorded deaths by mid March.

  • Bauhina flag
    Article: Nov 15, 2021
    By Anon*

    "Hong Kong now faces unprecedented and fundamental crisis since its establishment as a free trade port. The worst event which had taken place was the Japanese occupation. The Japanese turned this once flourishing, special and vibrant place into an abyss. The Operation Armour, which directs all life-saving materials for the post-war Hong Kong, was based on a mutual trust and support and a special bond traversing blood and racial differences. It is no exaggeration that the people of Hong Kong owes something to Her Majesty. After delving into the history of WWII Hong Kong, I can say it fundamentally changed my view and I am feeling I have some special duty as one of the British Nationals.

  • Cressida Dick
    Article: Oct 9, 2021
    By Linda Chung in Camden New Journal and Ham and High local newspapers

    The following letter by Linda Chung to the local press in Camden, Hampstead and Highgate and published in full this week is reproduced below:

    "I attended the launch of STRIDE by Commissioner Cressida Dick on 27 September. STRIDE is the Met's strategic plan to cover inclusion, diversity, and engagement for the next five years. It was an upbeat launch, with a range of senior and junior officers talking about their work and intentions to uphold the nine principles of policing, originally set out by the Sir Robert Peel on the basis of policing by consent. Trust and confidence were the key words.

  • Dr Yeow Poon speaking at ELF event
    Article: Oct 3, 2021

    "This House Believes China is interested in co-existence rather than domination".


    True to the European Liberal Forum (ELF)'s ethos of encouraging open and informed discussions, the Oxford-union style debating format was an inspired choice for the controversial topic of China's future world domination.

Twinned Cities e-book cover

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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