A spoof James Bond video made by China‘s state news agency has backfired after the head of MI6 thanked them for the ‘free publicity’.

A four-minute video featuring a pair of spoof spies named ‘James Pond’ and Black Window’ was shared by Xinhua.

In sharing the clip, the Chinese state news agency said No Time To Die Laughing was leaked footage of a secret meeting between British and US spies. 

The video showed the two agents thanking a character named ‘M’ – after the James Bond films – for exaggerate the threat China poses to the world.

A spoof James Bond video (pictured) made by China's state news agency has backfired after the head of MI6 thanked them for the 'free publicity'

A spoof James Bond video (pictured) made by China's state news agency has backfired after the head of MI6 thanked them for the 'free publicity'

A spoof James Bond video (pictured) made by China’s state news agency has backfired after the head of MI6 thanked them for the ‘free publicity’

Chinese state new agency Xinhua shared the spoof video on Twitter earlier today, attempting to poke fun at MI6

Chinese state new agency Xinhua shared the spoof video on Twitter earlier today, attempting to poke fun at MI6

Chinese state new agency Xinhua shared the spoof video on Twitter earlier today, attempting to poke fun at MI6

The characters said: ‘You know what’s pathetic, using the fictional Chinese debt trap and data trap to secure our massive budget for next year.’

The two agents also alleged that it was in fact US spies who were tapping mobile phones around the globe – with one character adding: ‘To be America’s enemy is dangerous. But to be America’s friend is fatal.’

Phone company Huawei was also defended in the video, with the agents attempting to shut down claims that there is a backdoor in the firm’s software to allow monitoring to take place. 

The video was launched in response to a speech made by head of MI6 Richard Moore last year, in which he said China is the ‘single greatest priority’.

The video showed the two agents thanking a character named 'M' - after the James Bond films - for exaggerate the threat China poses to the world

The video showed the two agents thanking a character named 'M' - after the James Bond films - for exaggerate the threat China poses to the world

The video showed the two agents thanking a character named ‘M’ – after the James Bond films – for exaggerate the threat China poses to the world

Head of MI6 Richard Moore tweeted back at the video, with a link to his speech back in November about the dangers China poses

Head of MI6 Richard Moore tweeted back at the video, with a link to his speech back in November about the dangers China poses

Head of MI6 Richard Moore tweeted back at the video, with a link to his speech back in November about the dangers China poses

Pictured: Richard Moore, Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service - MI6 0 seen on November 30, 2021

Pictured: Richard Moore, Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service - MI6 0 seen on November 30, 2021

Pictured: Richard Moore, Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service – MI6 0 seen on November 30, 2021

Responding to the spoof video, Moore tweeted: ‘Thank you for your interest (and the unexpected free publicity).’ 

In the speech last year, Moore, who is also known by the letters ‘C’ or ‘Q’, said Beijing was becoming increasingly assertive in using its financial might to get poorer nations ‘on the hook’ and then use their vulnerability as ‘leverage’. 

In a rare interview on Radio 4 back in November, he said China was ‘trying to harvest data from around the world’ and also ‘trying to use influence through its economic policies to try and sometimes get people on the hook’. 

What are debt traps? How China stands accused of tricking nations out of territory

Cash-strapped borrowers have been pushed to stake sovereign assets such as airports and seaports to access credit.

Western critics claim that this has been done through China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’.

First launched in 2013, and written into the Chinese constitution in 2017, it is billed by Beijing officials as a global infrastructure development fund which aims to better connect China to the rest of the world. 

In some nations, such as Montenegro, governments have signed up to deals in which China will be able to seize land if debts can’t be paid.

Similar concerns have been reported for countries including Uganda, Montenegro and Sri Lanka – which had to surrender one of its ports to Beijing.   

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China has been accused by the West of giving loans to less wealthy nations with onerous conditions that leave them unable to pay. 

It has been able to acquire ‘significant ports’ thanks to these so-called debt traps. 

He also said that a country’s sovereignty could be eroded if it gave away too much data.

Beijing has recently been accused of trying to take over Uganda’s only international airport if its government fails to pay a $200 million loan for the expansion of the site.

A parliamentary inquiry last year decided that China had imposed onerous conditions on the loans which included potential forfeiture of the airport in case of default. China has denied the claims.

Despite his focus on China, Mr Moore also warned Russia still poses an ‘acute’ threat to the UK. 

Mr Moore highlighted China as one of the countries which had been able to harness the power of technology, coupled with its economic might, to assert itself on the global stage.

Its artificial intelligence capabilities allow Beijing to ‘harvest data from around the world’, he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

‘And it’s also trying to use influence through its economic policies to try and sometimes, I think, get people on the hook.’

China will use its ability to control data and its financial power as ‘leverage’ against targets. 

He said the ‘debt trap’ has allowed China to be given the use of ports – which could be used as naval bases – in countries which are unable to repay loans.

He added: ‘The data trap is this: that, if you allow another country to gain access to really critical data about your society, over time that will erode your sovereignty, you no longer have control over that data.

‘That’s something which, I think, in the UK we are very alive to and we’ve taken measures to defend against.’

Source: dailymail

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