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The British foreign secretary’s trip to Beijing did not result in lucrative deals or landmark agreements, but it is a step in the right direction.
As Beijing hasn’t fought a major war since its 1980s reforms, any budget increase could be described as ‘the biggest military build-up in peacetime history’.
As London looks set to break human rights laws, privileged voices fall short of the truth on a veteran Hong Kong journalist and his detained wife.
Junior health minister Maria Caulfield said her party acted promptly to drop the would-be lawmakers from the list of potential election candidates.
Oliver Dowden raised the issue at Prime Minister’s Questions on Monday, amid pressure from MPs concerned at China’s activity in the field.
The parliamentary researcher had access to sensitive materials because of his work with Conservative MPs on China policy.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak ‘conveyed significant concerns about Chinese interference in UK democracy’ during meeting with Premier Li Qiang.
A parliamentary researcher arrested amid suspicions of spying for Beijing is reported to have had contact with senior Conservative MPs, including Security Minister Tom Tugendhat.
A personal meeting with Xi is seen as an opportunity to pitch Eurocentric views of key issues, starting with Ukraine, that he is unlikely to hear from his small group of advisers.
Foreign Secretary James Cleverly’s one-day trip to Beijing seen as helping to reopen the communication channels.
Foreign Affairs Committee also takes aim at government’s ‘muddled’ China strategy and calls for more assertive stand.
Foreign Secretary James Cleverly held talks with China’s vice-president and top diplomat in Beijing on Wednesday, telling reporters that he had raised issues where the countries had ‘disagreements’ but stressing the need for a ‘pragmatic working relationship’.
Cleverly says Beijing must live up to international commitments and help end war in Ukraine and ease tensions in South China Sea.
The visit expected to take place next Tuesday or Wednesday will be a key test of Rishi Sunak’s attempts to ‘evolve’ British policies towards China
A total of 9,800 applications made for British National (Overseas) visa scheme in second quarter of year.
Sherard Cowper-Coles, the bank’s head of public affairs, apologised for ‘any offence caused’ by his ‘personal comments’, made at a closed door event in London.
A student artist painted the site with red Chinese characters outlining ‘socialist values’, but the words were quickly covered with anti-Beijing slogans.
Ambassador Zheng Zeguang makes ‘serious démarche’ to UK officials after Britain said Hong Kong had staged a ‘campaign of fear’ to intimidate activist Nathan Law.
Beijing’s aspirations to become an economic and technological superpower pose the ‘greatest risk’ to the UK, according to a long-awaited parliamentary report.
Britain’s Intelligence and Security Committee criticises its government’s response to China ‘threat’, questioning trade-off between economic interest and security concerns, and raises concerns about Chinese influence in UK universities and civil nuclear energy industry.
MI5 alleged that Christine Lee was ‘involved in political interference activities’ in the UK on behalf of China’s Communist Party. Lee denies the allegations and is seeking unspecified damages.
Beijing’s defence ministry offered few details but says the countries ‘exchanged in-depth views on international and regional security issues of common concern’.
Britain’s shortest-serving prime minister was paid by Taiwanese think tank, the Prospect Foundation, for a speech in May that slammed China and accused Europe of failing to stand by Taiwan.
Letter calls for European Member States and the European Commission to work to secure the immediate release of all people detained under the security law.
Lord Mayor of London Nicholas Lyons meets members of British business group and emphasises shared interests.
The statement did not name specific firms, but lawmakers have previously called for a ban on the sale and use of security cameras made by Hikvision and Dahua.
Security Minister Tom Tugendhat says an investigation did not revealed any illegal activity by the Chinese state at these sites.
Britain’s defence chief, speaking on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue, said he welcomed China’s efforts but it should not exercise ‘unreasonable power’ on Ukraine.
Britain said it would remove the right of some international students to bring family members into the country, part of measures to bring down annual net migration which reached over 500,000 last year.