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If we want China to be on board with a post-Brexit “global Britain,” we need to display some cultural awareness

First Published: Prospect 19th February 2019

Philip Hammond’s trip to China to talk trade has been torpedoed. It was supposed to be an important visit, bearing in mind the UK’s precarious commercial outlook in the wake of Brexit.

But China cancelled his meeting with Party Vice Chairman Hu Chunhua, following Defence Minister Gavin Williamson’s speech in which he announced that HMS Queen Elizabeth, one of the UK’s two new aircraft carriers, would be sent to “the Pacific region” and that Britain must be prepared to take military action against countries that flout international law. Read on….