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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 12 May 2021

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


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What is the UK's trade and commercial relationship with China?

The House of Lords International Relations and Defence Committee will take evidence from two former Commercial Secretaries to Her Majesty’s Treasury.

The Committee will ask about the UK’s current and potential trade relationship with China, and will discuss issues including the obstacles to trading with China, and the sectors of interest to Chinese investors in the UK.

Meeting details

At 10.00am: Oral evidence
Inquiry The UK’s security and trade relationship with China
At 11.00am: Oral evidence
Inquiry The UK’s security and trade relationship with China

Possible questions:

  • What is the legacy of the “golden era” between the UK and China?
  • The UK’s membership of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank was seen as a key achievement of the “golden era”. What level of influence has the UK had in the AIIB to date? How important is the AIIB both for the UK and for China?
  • How important is China to the UK’s economy today, and to prospects for growth?
  • What are the biggest obstacles for British companies interested in trade and investment in China?
  • What is the appetite of UK firms to export more to China?
  • What should be the cornerstones of a China strategy? How should the UK balance concerns around human rights and labour protections with ambitions to increase economic co-operation with Beijing?

Further information

Location

Virtual meeting