Thursday, May 12, 2016

How China 'tried to smuggle a spy posing as an interpreter into carriage carrying the Queen during last year's state visit'

How China 'tried to smuggle a spy posing as an interpreter into carriage carrying the Queen 

during last year's state visit'

Chinese ‘spy’ tried to get into the Queen’s carriage with her during last year’s state visit.
Lucy D’Orsi, who was in charge of security for President Xi Jinping’s visit in October, was filmed by the Monarch’s official cameraman saying: ‘Well they also wanted to come in your carriage with the interpreter…’
The Queen appeared to be well-briefed about the incident as she nodded and replied with a firm ‘yes’.

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Unwelcome visitor: A Chinese' spy' tried to get into the Queen's carriage with her during last year's state visit 
Unwelcome visitor: A Chinese' spy' tried to get into the Queen's carriage with her during last year's state visit 

Lucy D'Orsi, who was in charge of security for President Xi Jinping's visit in October, was filmed by the Monarch's official cameraman saying: 'Well they also wanted to come in your carriage with the interpreter...' 
Lucy D'Orsi, who was in charge of security for President Xi Jinping's visit in October, was filmed by the Monarch's official cameraman saying: 'Well they also wanted to come in your carriage with the interpreter...' 

Chinese 'spy' tried to get in the Queen's carriage on state visit

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Details of the incident first emerged in The Sunday Times in October, when senior officials connected with the visit revealed that members of the diplomatic protection squad had intercepted the man.
He was posing as an official interpreter and tried to get into the royal carriage as the Queen and President Xi travelled down The Mall to Buckingham Palace after she had officially welcomed him to the UK.
When the ruse was rumbled, it led to a furious exchange. One source said: ‘The bodyguard, or spy, attempted to get in the carriage and was prevented when it was ascertained by our security officials that he was actually a security official rather than the official translator.
‘In other words, they were trying to get someone dodgy into the carriage alongside the president and the Queen.’

GOSSIP FIENDS AND BARBARIANS: CHINESE GO ON ATTACK AFTER QUEEN BLUNDER

The spat over the Queen's unguarded comments about 'rude' Chinese officials has escalated after a state-linked newspaper lashed out at 'gossip fiends and barbarians'.
The Queen's remarks to Metropolitan Police Commander Lucy D'Orsi at a Buckingham Palace garden party made headlines worldwide yesterday but were largely censored in China, including being blacked out of BBC World transmissions.
However, an article in China's Global Times newspaper today, which is close to ruling Communist Party, delivered a vicious response:'The West in modern times has risen to the top and created a brilliant civilisation, but their media is full of reckless "gossip fiends" who bare their fangs and brandish their claws and are very narcissistic, retaining the bad manners of 'barbarians'.
'As they experience constant exposure to the 5,000 years of continuous Eastern civilisation, we believe they will make progress' when it comes to manners, it added according to a translation of the Chinese-language article.
The Global Times editorial said: 'Even among Western countries, Britain is most frequently "caught with its pants down" and "exposing itself".'
The article also seemed to hint that British authorities could have deliberately leaked the royal footage.
Saying pointedly that such a leak would be 'unthinkable', the piece said 'if they had deliberately done so, that would have been truly crude and rude'.
It played down the Queen's comments themselves as 'not a big deal', stating: 'Chinese diplomats surely also scoff at British bureaucrats in private.'
A senior Tory added: ‘There was a stand-off and our protection people were shouldered aside. There’s an issue here about bullying, uncomprehending Chinese police. This security should be done by us, not them.’
Commander D’Orsi was a guest at the garden party with her mother and was chosen by Buckingham Palace’s Lord Chamberlain, The Earl Peel, to join a small number of guests introduced to the Queen.
The footage, retrieved by BBC Newsnight, shows them speaking while a military band plays the James Bond theme tune in the background. 
Last night a former Foreign Office China analyst said the Queen effectively became a pawn in Chancellor George Osborne’s campaign to woo Beijing.
‘China policy was taken over by George Osborne and a number of people in the Treasury, obviously, with the backing of Number Ten,’ James Richards told Newsnight.
As the possibility of a Chinese State Visit grew, the Queen was pressed into the effort, meeting leading Chinese official Li Keqiang, in 2014. Mr Richards said: ‘When arrangements were being made for Li Keqiang to visit, there was some quite robust remarks about the visit being cancelled if he was not granted an audience with the Queen, for example.
‘It all has to do, I believe, with the culture of a communist bureaucracy where officials are desperately keen to earn brownie points by meeting very senior leaders. ‘
So desperate were the Prime Minister and Mr Osborne for President Xi Jinping’s visit to go smoothly, that they even railroaded senior figures – including Prince Charles – not to meet the Dalai Lama on his trip to the UK in June last year. 
This was just a few months before the Chinese presidential visit.
Charles had ‘boycotted’ the last two Chinese state banquets because of his friendship with Tibet’s spiritual leader and what he views as China’s human rights abuses.
But he did agree to meet the Chinese president for afternoon tea at Clarence House, his official London residence, as a sign of willing.

The Queen appeared to be well-briefed about the incident as she nodded and replied with a firm 'yes' 
The Queen appeared to be well-briefed about the incident as she nodded and replied with a firm 'yes' 

The footage, retrieved by BBC Newsnight, shows them speaking while a military band plays the James Bond theme tune in the background 
The footage, retrieved by BBC Newsnight, shows them speaking while a military band plays the James Bond theme tune in the background

Details of the incident first emerged in The Sunday Times in October, when senior officials connected with the visit revealed that members of the diplomatic protection squad had intercepted the man 
Details of the incident first emerged in The Sunday Times in October, when senior officials connected with the visit revealed that members of the diplomatic protection squad had intercepted the man

The man was posing as an official interpreter and tried to get into the royal carriage as the Queen and President Xi travelled down The Mall to Buckingham Palace after she had officially welcomed him to the UK 
The man was posing as an official interpreter and tried to get into the royal carriage as the Queen and President Xi travelled down The Mall to Buckingham Palace after she had officially welcomed him to the UK 
Last night sources told The Daily Telegraph that the Queen’s comments were audible on the TV footage because her clear plastic umbrella had amplified her voice towards the microphone.
‘If she had been holding an umbrella made of fabric, it wouldn’t have happened,’ an insider said.
In Beijing yesterday, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry said: ‘President Xi’s visit to the UK last year was a very successful one. Both sides have made great efforts for the success of the visit and the two sides highly recognised that.’ 

The Queen bids a formal farewell to China's President Xi

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The Queen at Windsor Horse Show
The Queen smiles in the sunshine as she enjoys a visit to Windsor Horse Show today

The Queen smiles in the sunshine during a visit to Windsor Horse Show today - one of her favourite events in the Royal calendar

THE QUEEN'S UMBRELLA 'ACTED LIKE A SATELLITE DISH'

The Queen's unguarded comments about President Xi's 'rude' Chinese team would never have emerged without her umbrella, royal sources revealed today.
The clear plastic canopy amplified her comments and sent them towards a microphone belonging to her own personal cameraman.
Had the sun been shining on Tuesday her majesty's comments would not have surfaced.
The Queen's unguarded comments about President Xi's 'rude' Chinese team would never have emerged without her umbrella, royal sources revealed today
The Queen's unguarded comments about President Xi's 'rude' Chinese team would never have emerged without her umbrella, royal sources revealed today
An insider told the Telegraph: 'If she had been holding an umbrella made of fabric, it wouldn't have happened.
'But because it's plastic, it reflects the sound like a satellite dish.'
The sovereign’s uncharacteristically indiscreet remarks were picked up by cameraman Peter Wilkinson. 
He unwittingly fed the footage to broadcasters, which aired it on the News at Ten in a report on an earlier diplomatic mishap by the Prime Minister.
Mr Wilkinson has been the Queen’s cameraman for 18 years. But he is employed by the BBC, ITV and Sky – and therefore could not choose to edit out the comments even if he had spotted them.
Earlier he had filmed David Cameron filmed telling the monarch that Afghanistan and Nigeria were fantastically corrupt.
Mr Wilkinson had used a sensitive directional microphone to ensure he picked up the Prime Minister's address at a Palace reception to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.
Hours later her majesty attended the garden party where she spoke openly to Met Commander D'Orsi.
This time Mr Wilkinson had changed his microphone to a less sensitive one he uses for such occasions, but it appears the Queen's umbrella amplified her words towards him.The Queen, dressed in a relaxed gilet and headscarf, admires one of the horses taking part in the event at Windsor Great Park