China has been accused of “waging intellectual war on London” by a British think tank that claims that Beijing officials have intimidated regime critics at its events.

President Xi’s regime donates up to £60,000 a year to British research organisations and a Chinese state-run scholarship programme has links with 22 British universities, according to a Henry Jackson Society (HJS) report.

The British foreign policy think tank has raised concerns that such activity represented a “growing trend of Chinese influence operations in British public debate” that has grown since 2014. It said: “China has been using its ‘sharp power’ to coercively influence opinions of politicians, academics, and think tankers abroad.

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