Brit ex-spies have been told to avoid China as Beijing is on recruitme…

RETIRED British spies have been told not to visit China because it wants to recruit them as agents.

UK intelligence chiefs warned Beijing under President Xi Jinping is “proactive and aggressive” in approaching former members of MI5 and MI6.

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President Xi Jinping is “proactive and aggressive” in approaching former members of MI5 and MI6Credit: EPA

A secret memo seen by The Sun states China is focusing on “former officials with current business or social interests in mainland China and Hong Kong”.

It warns: “We advise former staff members to avoid travel there.”

It also said to be cautious of going to Russia.

The memo was sent as the UK agreed to proportion sub tech with Australia to counter China’s navy.

The Chinese and Russian embassies would not comment. And an FO source would neither confirm nor deny the memo.

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