3 men charged in UK with assisting Hong Kong intelligence service

Police in London say three men have been charged with assisting Hong Kong's intelligence service.

The Metropolitan Police said on Monday that the three men, ranging in age from their 30s to 60s, were charged with offences under Britain's National Security Act.

They are accused of carrying out activities in Britain intended to help Hong Kong's intelligence service in Britain and conducting foreign interference.

One of the three men is an official at the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London, according to the territory's government.

The Embassy of China in Britain issued a statement saying China "strongly condemns the UK's fabrication of the so-called case."

British authorities last month charged two people with providing prejudicial information to China. Earlier this month, Britain announced that it would expel Russia's defense attache over spying allegations.