After U.S. President Donald Trump stepped down, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson once took the lead in containment of the flag-bearer of mainland China, but Johnson, who came to power for advocating leaving the European Union, seems to have discovered that the United Kingdom will not be able to leave the European Union this year. Without sufficient resources to undertake this task, he met with mainland and Hong Kong enterprises during the Spring Festival, and changed his name to calling himself a “fervently Sinophile.” The Guardian believed that this move was intended to rebuild trade ties with the mainland.
After London passed the “National Security Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China” in Hong Kong last year, it interrupted most of the official economic and trade dialogue with Beijing, and promised to send warships to participate in the US-Japan joint military exercises to be held in the East China Sea this year. It also plans to use the host G7( The summits and conferences of the Seven Major Industrialized Countries, together with Australia, India, and South Korea, formed the D10 (Democratic Ten Nations) coalition to contain China, but the opposition of European members of the G7 and South Korea failed.
Before Johnson said on February 12 that he was a “enthusiastic and pro-China faction,” the UK had just revoked the broadcasting license of the mainland official media China Global Television Network (CGTN), resulting in the total invalidation of CGTN broadcasting license in Europe, triggering Beijing to stop issuing Give the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) World News a license to broadcast on land.
The Downing Street Roundtable on the occasion of Johnson’s statement is a routine annual Spring Festival event to show that the UK also celebrates the most important festival in the Chinese tradition. Johnson expressed at the meeting that he hopes to restart the two forums of the China-UK Annual Dialogue and Jetco (Sino-British Joint Trade and Economic Commission) to resume formal trade discussions between the UK and China.
This may not be the same as the current unanimous position of the British government and opposition members. The upper and lower houses are currently discussing the Xinjiang Uyghur issue. The BBC has repeatedly reported that the Beijing authorities have set up concentration camps and engaged in genocide in the local area. The mainland has always denied it. The current main claims are only from media interviews from the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and other places. Some Uighurs make the truth difficult to clarify. In fact, just after Johnson claimed to be a “enthusiastic pro-China faction,” Britain last week called on the United Nations to send a special person to investigate the current situation of Xinjiang Uyghurs.
The Guardian pointed out that Britain’s import demand for mainland goods continues to rise, and China is Britain’s largest partner country in terms of imports. “Between finding an alternative market in Europe and positioning itself as a world power that defends human rights, Britain’s Where to put the balance of China policy, there is always tension. Some believe that Britain can challenge Beijing without getting caught in the trade and diplomatic wars that erupted between China and Australia.”
Recently, British businessmen have expressed their worries about the trough of Sino-British relations. They worry that Britain will become the next Australia. After Brexit, Amsterdam has replaced London as the largest stock trading center in Europe. Many analysts pointed out that Chinese companies that preferred to set up their European headquarters in London in the past will also turn to Europe, because the UK without the EU is too small. , There is no incentive to stay in London.
A senior British media person, Philip Stephens, pointed out in his new book that Britain has yet to face the fact that the sun never sets and the empire has long been split. He pointed out that the British diplomatic tradition “Splendid Isolation” (Splendid Isolation) has always ignored ideology and only talked about real politics. That is why Britain became the first major Western country to establish diplomatic relations with Lu in 1950. Before that, Britain tried to lead the Western world against China. On the one hand, it is to show goodwill to Washington, and on the other hand, it only uses China’s issues to find a world position for Britain after Brexit.
But Stephens believes that the reality is quite cruel. The British scientist Henry Tizard, who invented the radar, made comments on Britain after World War II in 1949, and it still applies today: “Britain will never become a great power again. We are a great power. (great nation), but if we continue to act like a power, we will soon be not even a great nation.”
(Zhongshi News Network)
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