First published: The Article.com 30/06/2020
A serious shift in the UK’s relations with China is underway. It isn’t the first time we have moved from an almost exclusive focus on economic matters to issues of security. Yet, the current switch is occurring at a time of high geopolitical uncertainty, and angst about China’s ambition and behaviour. At the same time, the United States government is alleged by a former high ranking official to be unreliable and unserious in its own approach to China, and our former EU partners, with whom an end-2020 trade agreement remains elusive, is developing a new strategy to confront and engage with China.