COMMENT: UK’s two-sided policy towards China

BEIJING, Feb.23 (Xinhua) – London’s policy toward China has clearly become a two-sided, if not unhinged, policy.

In a speech Monday at the UN Human Rights Council, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab maliciously defamed the human rights record in Xinjiang. He even tried to pressure other council members and the UN to join his campaign based on rumors.

Just a few days ago, however, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called himself a “fervent synophile” and promised to improve ties with the Asian country.

In the past two years, Downing Street’s policy toward China has become increasingly inconsistent. Sometimes it gives the feeling that it is a person’s two hands working against each other.

While one gives the order to promote bilateral cooperation with China, especially in trade and the economy, the other gives instructions to prohibit Huawei’s participation in the deployment of the 5G network in the United Kingdom, blocks Chinese television, respectful With the law, it enforces a personalized policy for Hong Kong residents and prohibits the importation of goods from Xinjiang due to what it calls “forced labor.”

Having a two-sided policy is like splashing someone with dirty water and then saying, “Never mind, let’s be friends.”

At the same time, London appears to be fooling itself and some British politicians pretend that Beijing will not hear their anti-China speech.

The only logical explanation for this duplicity is that London claims to have it all at the same time. It wants to take advantage of its pragmatic cooperation with China and, at the same time, it aims to have a firm resistance against what the “Western democracies” call “Red China”.

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British politicians must know that this two-sided strategy will only lead to failure on both fronts.

In the post-pandemic and post-Brexit phase, a healthy and stable relationship with China serves the long-term interests of the UK itself. And that relationship is only possible if London knows how to build mutual trust and respect with Beijing.

It is, of course, up to London to choose to advocate for so-called Western values. However, if it intends to do so at the expense of China’s essential interests, Beijing will not sit idly by.

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