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!

  • Revolution of Our Times film
    Article: Apr 12, 2022
    By Cllr Marguerita Morton, Tunbridge Wells, St Johns Ward

    This was a truly powerful film screened in Tunbridge Wells in April 2022.

    The film shows real footage of more than one million people on the streets of Hong Kong protesting the introduction of the Extradition Bill about to be enacted against Hong Kong citizens whose only act was to upset the Chinese Communist State.

  • Book Avoidable War by Kevin Rudd
    Article: Apr 9, 2022
    By Merlene Emerson in Libdem Voice

    As the title of the book suggests, the author believes meeting jaw to jaw would be far better than catastrophic conflict and war between the US and China. He also lays out in painstaking detail no less than 10 different scenarios, as a "cautionary guide" to policy makers navigating the dangerous waters in the decade ahead.

  • Bill and Gary in Somerset
    Article: Apr 2, 2022

    Cllr Gary Wong is standing for election in May 2022 with Bill Revans to be the Somerset Councillors for the North Petherton Division. Both are committed local councillors who live in the area and work hard to help people in our communities.

    Gary has been a Sedgemoor District Councillor for three years. He lives in Wilstock with his wife and daughter. He has been successful in challenging Sedgemoor's approach to funding infrastructure in new communities leading to substantial investment in local facilities.

  • Amanda Jeyaretnam
    Article: Mar 31, 2022

    Last weekend The English Council of the Liberal Democrats met, giving us an opportunity to hear the report of the Federal Conference Committee. This spring was my fourth conference but my first experience of helping run a booth. In this case the virtual booth for the Chinese Liberal Democrats. I was surprised to hear at the ECC meeting that a lot of the booths and staffing areas such as the help desk, seem to have been under-utilised because I had an overwhelmingly positive experience in our booth.

  • Benedict Rogers HK Watch
    Article: Mar 21, 2022
    By Merlene Emerson

    When HK's National Security Legislation (NSL) was unveiled on 30 June 2020 by Beijing by way of an annexure to the Basic Law (Hongkong's mini Constitution), Chief Executive Carrie Lam assured HongKongers that it would only be used in rare and extreme cases where there were real threats to the security of Hong Kong.

    Yet in the first year alone Hong Kong authorities have arrested 117 people under NSL, charging more than 60, mostly democratic politicians, activists, journalists and students. Since then international arrest warrants have also been issued for a number of activists residing outside of HongKong, Apple Daily has been shut down and the police have set up a line encouraging anonymous reporting by citizens instilling a climate of fear.

  • Gok Wan on CBeebies
    Article: Mar 19, 2022

    Some months ago CLD Chair Cllr Sarah Cheung Johnson started an online petition for CBeebies Bedtime Stories to finally feature a narrator from a Chinese, East and SE Asian background.

    She wrote:

    "East & South East Asian people are too often the "silent minority" in the UK. We are simultaneously present in every community but invisible in media, press and in TV & Radio programming. For East & South East Asian children growing up in a country that has seen a huge spike in COVID-related race hate directed at Chinese and other Asian people, it is time for the media to step up and start walking the walk in terms of diversity."

  • Yi-Pei Chou Turvey
    Article: Feb 22, 2022
    By Yi-Pei Chou Turvey

    About Yi Pei

    I was born in Taiwan from Hangzhou and Hakka descent, then raised in Belgium, and am a mother of three children with my British husband. Thanks to my upbringing, I'm fluent in three languages, which is a blessing in the world today.

    People are my motivation: I want to be part of creating a fair society and great community. Since my teen years I've been involved in charities such as Oxfam, the Church, and I have led groups such as Scouts and playgroups. I have also campaigned in local politics and for students' rights as a class representative.

  • Henry Dyer (Image courtesy of Business Insider)
    Article: Feb 13, 2022

    Last week Henry Dyer, a staff member in UK's Parliament and a political journalist made a formal complaint against Labour's Neil Coyle MP, resulting in the MP being suspended over racist comments and being banned from the Parliamentary estate for 6 months.

    Henry wrote in the Business Insider: "After marking Chinese New Year with my family, I went to the bar where Neil Coyle made racist comments.

    "I was made to feel uncomfortable while covering parliament, which led to my lodging a formal complaint."

    Some of these racist comments included reference to 20th century trope Fu Manchu as well as inappropriate comments regarding the case of Barry Gardiner and alleged funding from Chinese sources.

  • 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."

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.

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