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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

Tuesday 18 May 2021

Start times: 3.00pm (private) 3.00pm (public)

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Multilateral cooperation and the UK’s economic relationship with China

The House of Lords International Relations and Defence Committee will take evidence from experts from academia and business on trade and investment between the UK and China.

The Committee will ask about the future of the UK-China business and trade relationship, China’s approach to global governance and areas for potential collaboration in multilateral organisations

Meeting details

At 3.00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry The UK’s security and trade relationship with China
Chair at British Business Council, and Group Head of Public Affairs at HSBC
Chair at China Chamber of Commerce in the UK, and General Manager at Bank of China in London
At 4.00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry The UK’s security and trade relationship with China
Fellow in Economics, St Edmund Hall at University of Oxford, and Adjunct Professor at London Business School
Middlebury Institute of International Studies at University of Monterey

Possible questions

  • How and in what ways does China use its economic strength as a foreign policy tool? How should the UK respond to this approach?
  • Is there a Chinese approach to global governance? What is the role of multilateral organisations such as the AIIB or regional agreements such as the RCEP and the CPTPP in the ‘Chinese governance model’? Are Chinese approaches to regionalism and multilateralism compatible with the ‘rule-based international order’?
  • Our previous witnesses have indicated that one of the areas of potential cooperation with China is climate change. What are China’s priorities in the global climate change negotiations? Can China be a trusted partner in climate change?
  • What was the impact of the Government’s decision on Huawei on business? How did it affect the activities of other Chinese companies in the UK, and British companies in China?
  • How do you see a UK – China trade deal going forward? What are the priority areas for goods and for services? What potential obstacles can you identify, and over what timelines would a trade deal be likely?

Further information


Virtual meeting