Peng Liyuan, wife of President Xi Jinping, was welcomed by British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond during their state visit to the UK. In September, Hammond hailed a reform to Japan's self-defence laws that incensed Beijing. Photo: AP

No permanent friends for Britain in newly pragmatic foreign policy

Emanuele Scimia says Britain's charm offensive to China shows that it may be focusing more on a rising multipolar world order and less on its special relationship with the US

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Peng Liyuan, wife of President Xi Jinping, was welcomed by British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond during their state visit to the UK. In September, Hammond hailed a reform to Japan's self-defence laws that incensed Beijing. Photo: AP
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