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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 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!

  • Map of British Empire
    Article: Jul 30, 2020
    By Merlene Emerson in Libdem Voice

    I have been championing the teaching of black and colonial history in schools for as long as I can remember and was a member of the task force set up in 2012 under Baroness Meral Ece on Race Equality in Education and Employment. Through learning about the impact and legacy of colonialism, we can forge a modern British identity, bridge past divisions as well as better inform Britain's dealings with the rest of the world.

  • Dr Yeow Poon
    Article: Jul 22, 2020
    By Dr Yeow Poon, Chair CLDs

    The rise of China is an enigma for us in the West. Over the last 40 years, China lifted 850 million [1] people out of poverty and grew to become the second largest economy in the world by nominal GDP and the largest by purchasing power parity. It has done so without becoming an open liberal democracy, no universal suffrage and no competing multi-parties. Yet, in the last 10 years, the regime has enjoyed greater legitimacy [2] from its citizens than Western democracies [3].

  • Sarah Cheung Donaldson
    Article: Jul 21, 2020
    By Cllr Sarah Cheung Johnson, Vice-Chair CLDs in Libdem Voice

    We don't talk enough about race. Properly talk, that is.

    It's become obvious, as the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has come to the fore with the murder of George Floyd in the United States, that, whilst many of us who consider ourselves liberals have a desire to be anti-racist and create a society where your skin colour does not determine your life chances, we lack the language and the understanding of how to achieve this.

  • Paul Reynolds
    Article: Jul 14, 2020

    Liberal Democrats stand for an open society receptive to new ideas, international trade, law-law rather than war-war, cooperation amongst nations, and universal human rights. Whilst proud to be British, we oppose isolationism, nationalism, protectionism and xenophobia for political gain. We recognise the difficulties of Britain's colonial past and support making amends.

  • Marguerita Morton and Paddy Ashdown
    Article: Jun 30, 2020
    By Cllr Marguerita Morton
    1. The 13th National People's Congress (NPC) has just passed a new law on 30th June to introduce a system of "National Security" to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) so China will have power over its long term stability. The national security law seeks to ban acts of secession, subversion, terrorism, in accordance with its laws including any "foreign or external interference". Criticism of the national anthem will also be outlawed and mainland Chinese security agents will be able to set up offices in HK.
  • Paddy Ashdown Forum logo
    Article: Jun 30, 2020
    By Merlene Emerson in Libdem Voice

    On Sunday 28 June at 1400 BST, a time chosen to suit a global audience, LibDems Overseas (LDO) a g(local) party co-hosted our first webinar with the Paddy Ashdown Forum, the centrist think tank supported by the European Liberal Forum. Participants who joined via Zoom were largely drawn from LDO's 1000 members and supporters living in over 40 countries outside Europe. The event was moderated by LDO Chair, George Cunningham.

  • UK China flags
    Survey: Jun 30, 2020
    10 questions

    The UK and China signed the Sino-British Joint Declaration in 1984 for the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997 under 'one country two systems' for a period of 50 years. In recent years Hong Kong has seen mass protests against the perceived erosion of their rights and freedoms, for universal suffrage for the election of their Chief Executive and against a 2019 Extradition Bill. On 21 May, the Chinese Government proposed a national security law for Hong Kong aimed at preventing and punishing acts of terrorism, subversion, separatism and foreign interference. It gives the Chinese government power to adjudicate over select criminal cases.

  • CLD supports Black Lives Matter
    Article: Jun 15, 2020

    We wish to express our sympathy with the family of the late George Floyd who tragically lost his life on 25 May 2020 in Minneapolis as a result of police brutality.

    Chinese Liberal Democrats stand in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement that started in the United States but is equally relevant here in the UK and worldwide.

  • Article: Jun 2, 2020
    By Roderick Lynch in Liberal Democrats website

    The Liberal Democrats support the movement to bring justice and equality for black communities. Black Lives Matter

    In the week since the death of George Floyd in the United States, the grief and anger of black communities in the US and closer to home has been clear.

    The Liberal Democrats extend our solidarity to the Black Lives Matter movement.

    Protests against the killing of black people by police have erupted everywhere from Floyd's home state of Minneapolis, USA, to the UK, Japan, and New Zealand. The world knows George Floyd's name, and his death has fuelled a movement to end police violence against black people.

    The Liberal Democrats exist to fight for justice, liberty and equality. We are living through a moment in history where our values are challenged, and as liberals we stand on the side of social justice. We must stand in solidarity with black communities in the US and around the world.

    Just as we have a moral obligation to speak out against the injustice we're witnessing in the US, we also can't ignore the failings here in the UK. In the UK 26% of instances of police using firearms are against black people, despite black people making up only 3.3% of the population. 51% of young men in custody in the UK are from black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds, despite these groups making up only 14% of the UK population. The 2017 Lammy Report concluded that "BAME individuals still face bias, including overt discrimination, in parts of the justice system". More recently, we've seen that BAME people are 54% more likely than white people to be fined under the new coronavirus lockdown laws.

    BAME people are 54% more likely than white people to be fined under the new coronavirus lockdown laws.

    Black people are suffering at the hands of institutions systematically biased against them. It's unjust. It's unfair. It's racist. The Liberal Democrats extend our solidarity to the Black Lives Matter movement. We fully support black communities in the UK and abroad, and stand with them against the injustice they face.

    George Floyd cannot be just another name. This fight needs to make a real change, and the Liberal Democrats will support the movement to bring justice and equality for black communities. Black Lives Matter.

    The Black Lives Matters protests will hopefully bring about change, but will also inevitably bring trauma, grief and hurt. The social media feeds we're all becoming so reliant on in coronavirus lockdown are flooded with videos and stories of police brutality against black people. These are hard to witness, especially for other black people, and it might feel like there is no escape. These feelings are completely valid, and there are mental health resources out there to help.

  • Paddy Ashdown Forum logo
    Article: May 21, 2020

    The alarming rise in hate crime towards British Chinese and other East Asian communities due to the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed deep seated racism in our society. Misinformation in the media and by public figures, whether deliberate or unintentional, has heightened fears and bigotry, leading to harassment, abuse and even physical attacks.

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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