A university forced to apologise for marking the death of Prince Philip has been accused of ‘woke hypocrisy’ for continuing to honour China‘s hardline justice secretary in Hong Kong with a prestigious college fellowship, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
King’s College London endorses Teresa Cheng as a university fellow despite the fact she was sanctioned by the US administration last year for suppressing democratic rights in Hong Kong.
As a student she graduated from King’s College with a degree in civil engineering in 1981 before being awarded a fellowship.
And a list of fellows published last month reveals she is still honoured by the university despite her central role in cracking down on the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong.
King’s College London endorses Teresa Cheng (pictured) as a university fellow despite the fact she was sanctioned by the US administration last year for suppressing democratic rights in Hong Kong
It comes after last month the Mail on Sunday revealed how bosses at King’s College apologised for emailing a picture of Prince Philip to staff marking his death in April.
The picture tribute sparked complaints from staff over the Duke’s ‘history of racist and sexist comments’.
It forced the university’s associate director of libraries to send out an extraordinary apology for the ‘harm’ caused by including the photo in the email.
Yet King’s College continues to endorse Cheng who was crucial in drafting the extradition bill which sparked protests in Hong Kong in 2019.
She is still recognised as a fellow despite Conservative MP Bob Seely writing to King’s College last year calling for the withdrawal of Cheng’s honour.
Mr Seely, a member of the foreign affairs select committee, said: ‘King’s honours a person who has actually been sanctioned by the US for her role in the suppression of democratic rights in Hong Kong.
As a student she graduated from King’s College with a degree in civil engineering in 1981 before being awarded a fellowship
‘I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. If I was a foreign student, why would I want to go to any university that didn’t respect its own political culture, freedom of speech or liberal democracy?
‘Last time I looked, Prince Philip served in a navy that fought against the Nazis, but clearly that still makes him a ‘racist’ to the small-minded halfwits that are busy colonising – and undermining – higher education.’
Cheng also backed Hong Kong’s controversial National Security Law and was one of 11 individuals sanctioned last year by Donald Trump’s administration.
She was appointed Hong Kong’s Justice Secretary in 2018 and has repeatedly courted controversy as part of the draconian measures taken against people’s civil rights.
In February she informed the first defendants prosecuted under the National Security law that they would not face a jury trial, and instead three judges would decide their case in a break from the former British colony’s 176 years of legal history.
Last November she claimed the new law had brought ‘stability’ to Hong Kong ‘thereby encouraging commercial and investment activities’.
And earlier this year she attacked press bias for criticism of her department’s sentencing reviews and appeals of defendants.
Luke de Pulford, fellow of Hong Kong Watch, said of the King’s College honour: ‘King’s is blazing a trail for woke hypocrisy.
‘They’re fine to honour a woman whose job it is to implement a law which is destroying Hong Kong, but not OK with honouring Prince Philip shortly after his death.
‘I know people who are in jail in Hong Kong for standing up for the values Kings is supposed to represent.
‘It is utterly shameful that, instead of standing with Hong Kong, Kings has chosen to celebrate its oppressors.’
In 2019 Cheng was knocked to the ground by protesters in London as she made her way to give a lecture at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators at Bloomsbury Square.
King’s College did not respond to requests for comment.