Expanding on what she described as a “naive” approach, Ms Nandy claimed that for the last 10 years there hadn’t been a “coherent foreign policy” in Britain. “We’ve had an approach to the rest of the world that is seen almost exclusively through the lens of trade and economic growth and that’s meant we’ve been pursuing trade deals with countries like Russia, like China, without thinking about the wider implications,” she said. As shadow energy secretary under Ed Miliband‘s leadership, the Labour MP had also raised concerns in 2015 when the government was pursuing Chinese investment to help fund the cost of the nuclear power station at Hinckley Point, in Somerset, “without fully thinking through the implications of handing over energy security to the Chinese government” “We’ve got to have a much more strategic approach to this, not least because there is no global problem that can be solved without the involvement of China,” she added. “So as well as having much more strategic independence, we’ve got to have a constructive relationship.”
Independent 31st May 2020 read more »
Experts fear British taxpayers could inadvertently be contributing to funding the Chinese defence programme, after millions of pounds of public funds were poured into technology research undertaken in collaboration with controversial Chinese universities known for their military links. The UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council distributed more than £6.5 million to British universities including Manchester for technology studies that were undertaken with these controversial Chinese institutions, according to disclosures on academic papers. While the research programmes focused on technologies that could be used for civilian purposes, experts have warned that they also have the potential to be used for military applications, prompting fears that taxpayer-funded research by British universities could be exploited by Beijing.
Telegraph 1st June 2020 read more »