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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 26 May 2021

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


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Technology and China’s long-term strategic goals

The House of Lords International Relations and Defence Committee will take evidence from experts on the Chinese economy and technology transfer and former Governor of Hong Kong Lord Patten of Barnes

The Committee will ask about technological advances in China, the political and economic relationship between Germany and China and China’s long-term economic plans.

 

Meeting details

At 10.00am: Oral evidence
Inquiry The UK’s security and trade relationship with China
Senior Fellow, Asia Program at German Council of Foreign Relations (DGAP)
Senior Fellow at Bruegel
At 11.00am: Oral evidence
Inquiry The UK’s security and trade relationship with China

Possible questions

  • Last week we heard from one of our witnesses that “our technological tomorrow can often be seen today in China”. Would you agree with this statement? What are the relative technological advantages of China? What are the consequences of that for the UK and the wider West?
  • One of the priorities of China’s 14th Five Year Plan is self-reliance. What are the main reasons behind this? What does it mean for China’s economic relations with other countries, especially with the United Kingdom?
  • What is the impact of the US – China trade war and of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global value chains? What consequences might it have on Europe in general and the United Kingdom in particular by putting the existing model of integrated supply chains of production to the test?
  • Our previous witnesses have often contrasted the UK – China relationship with the one between Germany and China. What are the key features of the political and economic relationship between Beijing and Berlin? What can the UK learn from it?
  • What are the potential threats of Chinese technology transfer policy to the UK? In particular, what are the challenges to the UK universities and research institutes? What are the opportunities?

Further information

 

Location

Virtual formal meeting (transcript only)