The U.K. Should Abandon Plans to Collaborate with Huawei

Signs at the Huawei offices in Reading, England. (Toby Melville/Reuters)
The Chinese company, with its ties to the Communist regime, would put British interests at risk.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE H ow does COVID-19 affect the United Kingdom’s relations with China? It is a question made all the more difficult to answer by London’s lack of a strategy for dealing with Beijing. The U.K. has not had such a strategy since George Osborne, chancellor of the exchequer at the time, declared a “golden era” of British–Sino relations on a trip to Beijing in 2015. In hindsight, Osborne’s “era” looks more like an error.

At first glance, it seems that COVID-19 has not affected relations — or at least, did not initially. U.K. prime minister Boris Johnson spoke with Chinese general secretary Xi

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Matthew Henderson, the director of the Asia Studies Center at the Henry Jackson Society, served with the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office for 29 years, after studying Chinese language and civilization at the Universities of Cambridge, Peking, and Oxford.

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