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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): The UK’s security and trade relationship with China

International Relations and Defence Committee
The UK’s security and trade relationship with China

Wednesday 3 March 2021

Start times: 10.00am (private) 10.00am (public)

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Assessing the UK’s trade and security relationship with China

The House of Lords International Relations and Defence Committee will take evidence from experts working on China.

The Committee will ask about the UK’s current trade and security policy towards China, the factors that have impacted and influenced that policy and the direction future policy should take.

Meeting details

At 10.00am: Oral evidence
Inquiry The UK’s security and trade relationship with China
Senior Associate Fellow at Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
Research Fellow on China at Chatham House

Possible questions

  • How would you describe the UK’s current policy towards China? Is there a co-ordinated approach? In what ways has it changed between the premierships of David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson?
  • Which factors would you identify as having an influence or impact on the UK’s policy towards China? How should these factors be balanced in the forthcoming Integrated Review, and in a UK strategy for China?
  • What is the place of the UK in China’s foreign and economic policy under Xi Jinping? To what extent does China understand the UK’s objectives for the relationship?
  • How and in what ways does China use its economic strength as a foreign policy tool? How should the UK respond to this approach?
  • What are the UK’s key security interests vis-à-vis China? What are the potential threats to these interests?
  • Who would you identify as the UK’s key partners with regards to its engagement with China?
  • To what extent do the economic opportunities presented by China dominate the overall relationship?
  • How important is Chinese investment to the UK?

Further information


Virtual meeting