“China is an integral part of British economic life,” says Boris Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that China plays a “huge” role in the economy and that he expects trade to continue to increase throughout his life.

“China is a gigantic part of our economic life and will be for a long time – for our life,” he said in an interview with Bloomberg. “I’m not going to tell you that the British government is going to reject every opening up from China.”

“But that doesn’t mean we have to be naïve in how we look at our critical national infrastructure,” Johnson said, in response to questions about Chinese companies’ involvement in nuclear power and 5G networks in the UK. United – “these are all legitimate concerns for any government.”

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Johnson added that the UK would maintain a “cautious” approach to China, a key player in tackling international issues such as climate change.

Boris Johnson praised Chinese investments in London during his tenure as mayor. / AFP

Boris Johnson praised Chinese investments in London during his tenure as mayor. / AFP

“We need to be careful about how we manage our CNI (Critical National Infrastructure) and how we manage FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) from China … that’s why we have passed some of the laws that we have, ”he said. added.

“I’m not Sino-phobic, very far from it. China is a great country, a great civilization,” Johnson added.

Responding to the comments, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said, “The UK is a strong supporter and practitioner of free trade, and China and the UK are important partners. trade and investment. It is in the interests of both sides to pursue practical cooperation on the principle of mutual benefit and win-win cooperation, and we hope that the UK will create a fair, open and non-discriminatory business environment for Chinese enterprises. “

China, which this year has become the UK’s largest import market, has repeatedly called on London to work together on issues of common concern and to refrain from getting involved in the internal affairs of China.

Last year, the UK banned Chinese telecommunications group Huawei from getting involved in its 5G network amid spying fears raised by the US – allegations Huawei rejects.

China also dismisses as the “lie of the century” complaints by the United States and the United Kingdom regarding the treatment of the Uighur ethnic group in Xinjiang. The issue led to an exchange of sanctions.

Johnson has come under pressure to prevent Chinese state nuclear company CGN from working alongside French EDF in building two new nuclear power plants in the UK.

Source (s): AFP

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