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Welcome to the Chinese Liberal Democrats

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

The Chinese Liberal Democrats, patrons Lord Paddy Ashdown and Sir Menzies Campbell, is an associated organisation of the Liberal Democrat Party. We exist to explore ways of reaching out to the Chinese community 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!

  • Dr Yoew Poon
    Article: Mar 27, 2020
    By Dr Yeow Poon, spokesperson for Covid19 Anti Racism Group

    There has been a sharp increase of racist hate crime throughout the country, ranging from verbal incidents, intimidation and even physical attacks, towards the British Chinese community and other East Asian communities, including international students from China and other countries in South East Asia. Although there are examples of those who stood up against the perpretrators and defended people who were being abused, it is distressing to see the upsurge of hate crime arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Dr George Lee
    Article: Mar 21, 2020
    By Dr George Lee in Liberal Democrats

    "With the world facing the biggest public health crisis of the twenty-first century, what the UK desperately needs are compassionate communities that look after one another, regardless of people's race and background.

    "While so many stories of kindness are emerging, very sadly this has not been the case for everyone. In recent weeks we have seen a huge rise in racism against East Asian people following the coronavirus outbreak. Tweets from so-called world leaders such as Donald Trump calling it 'The Chinese virus' adds fuel to the hatred and fear.

  • Coronavirus (Getty images)
    Article: Mar 11, 2020
    Dr George Lee, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Westminster North recently filed a complaint to the BBC requesting that the news channel stopped using images of Chinese people as the backdrop whenever they reported on the Coronavirus. This was adding to the fear and prejudice shown against the British Chinese community and fuelling hatred and racial incidents.
  • Bauhina flag
    Article: Mar 10, 2020

    Chinese Liberal Democrats are pleased that there will be a motion to be debated at Spring Conference on Hong Kong. Over the last 2 years we had supported Emergency motions on Hong Kong, competing unsuccessfully for votes in ballots where there were many other worthy causes. However, this year a motion on Hong Kong is firmly on the Agenda, set down for debate on Saturday 14 March at 9.30am.

  • Dr Yoew Poon
    Article: Feb 4, 2020
    By Dr Yeow Poon, Chair CLDs

    10 years ago, I had the honour of sitting beside Paddy Ashdown during a dinner function. When I asked him what liberal democracy was, he answered in 3 words 'Liberty, Fairness, Tolerance'. In the weeks leading to this evening, I asked several people - is Liberal Democracy as understood and practised today fit to meet the challenges of the 21st Century?

  • Image of Chinatown (Photograph: Dinendra Haria/LNP)
    Article: Feb 3, 2020

    Of late the news worldwide has been dominated by the spread of the "Wuhan" coronavirus. We wish to express our concern for all those who have been infected or at risk and note that the repercussions of the coronavirus have been far reaching. These range from the lock down and quarantine of the whole Chinese nation, to cancellation of flights to and from China, to the plunging of Chinese as well as other stocks affected by the epidemic.

  • Piers Morgan on GMB
    Article: Jan 23, 2020

    On 21 January 2020, ITV's Good Morning Britain aired a programme where co-presenter Piers Morgan mimicked and mocked Chinese speakers in a Chinese advertisement. This attracted more than 300 complaints to Ofcom within the first 24 hours.

    Chinese Liberal Democrats sent this to Ofcom:

    "Along with hundreds (or possibly thousands) of other people who had viewed the programme.. [we are] writing to complain about the racist language and attitude displayed by the presenter, Piers Morgan. Whilst he may defend himself by saying that he was merely trying to repeat the name of the product in Chinese when reviewing the Peter Philips Royal milk advertisement, it was clear for all to see that he was milking the opportunity to insult and mock the Chinese language and speakers of Chinese.

  • Sir Ed Davey MP
    Article: Jan 22, 2020

    "I would like to send best wishes to everyone celebrating Chinese New Year!

    Across the world friends and loved ones will be coming together, to reflect on the year gone by and look ahead to the future.

    Chinese New Year celebrations are marked by wonderful traditions that date back thousands of years. Each year they remind us of how alive and vibrant Chinese culture is in Britain today.

  • Sarah Cheung Johnson Julian Huppert Merlene Emerson & Dr Yeow Poon
    Article: Dec 30, 2019

    As 2019 draws to a close there is much for us in the Lib Dem to reflect on. We started the year optimistically with gains in the local and European elections. Our membership grew. Then came the General Election and despite more than 50% increase in our vote share we ended up with one less Member of Parliament. However, on reflection after the initial shock, it is not all gloom and doom.

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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