Anger and alarm about China is mounting rapidly in government circles and especially among Tory rightwingers, anxious about national security, unfair trade practices and Hong Kong. It’s certainly true that the increasingly aggressive behaviour of President Xi Jinping’s authoritarian regime is deeply worrying. It’s a pity that the Tory grandees who are making the most noise now did not raise their concerns much earlier, before Britain became dependent on Beijing’s favours to escape its Brexit mess.
Observers 12th July 2020 read more »
Dominic Lawson: China’s Stalinist “ruler for life” Xi Jinping would have achieved an exquisite twist on Lenin’s boast that “the capitalist will sell us the rope with which we will hang them”. Communist China would have got us to pay for the rope. This is relevant when considering the threatening language of Beijing’s ambassador in London: Liu Xiaoming warned that if the UK reversed its earlier decision to approve the 5G contract for Huawei, China could retaliate by cutting its investment in our nuclear industry. Anyone would think that such investment is done as a favour, or as a form of aid by Beijing, rather than a means of gaining an outlet for Chinese capital in critical infrastructure projects. I know that sometimes the British might seem a bit stupid, Mr Liu, but we are not that stupid.
Times 12th July 2020 read more »