Friday, February 26, 2021

Johnson hints to boost trade with Beijing amid potential tension | Al Etihad Press


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British newspapers reported that the United Kingdom is seeking to strengthen its economic and trade ties with China, after the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said that he was an interested and admired person of Chinese culture.

According to the British newspaper “The Guardian”, “Johnson” said that he is determined to improve relations between Britain and China “whatever the political difficulties,” adding that he wants “to resume official trade discussions between the two countries by reactivating the annual economic and financial forum and the Joint Economic and Trade Committee.” Getco) ”.

The prime minister’s remarks, made during a meeting with representatives of Chinese companies in London, are believed to anger lawmakers in his conservative party who want the government to take a tougher approach to “Beijing’s human rights violations.”

The newspaper says that “there is tension in the government and the problem of balance regarding policy towards China after Brexit, and that lies between seeking to replace European markets, and Britain presenting itself as a force for good in the world defending human rights.”

The United Kingdom suspended most formal economic dialogues with China last year to protest Beijing’s imposition of new “repressive laws” in Hong Kong.

The Office for National Statistics figures indicate that the UK imported more goods from China worth 11 billion pounds ($ 15.4 billion), more than any other trading partner in the second quarter of 2020.

In the first quarter, China accounted for the largest proportion of UK merchandise imports. The proportion of UK imports from China increased from 8.6% in the first quarter of last year to 13.4% in the second quarter of the same year.



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