China and UK Part 2

UK is helping China build a new Silk Road

March 13, 2017

  • We are already seeing the fruits of this approach. In January, the first freight train from China’s eastern town of Yiwu arrived in London, extending Belt and Road (B&R) to the far western end of Europe. But there are other tangible results of this kind of enhanced, global co-operation. During President Xi’s state visit to the UK in 2015, China and the UK reached the agreement to dovetail Britain’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’ with the B&R project. At the eighth China-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue last year, where our two countries reaffirmed their shared commitment to closer B&R cooperation, Britain announced a £40 million (Dh178.5 million) capital injection into the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

China, Britain Hold Talks on Security Cooperation Against Terrorism

Feb 21, 2017

  • A high-level dialogue transpired to discuss further details of the China-Britain security agreement. The dialogue was co-chaired by Wang Yongqing, secretary-general of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of the Communist Party of China Central Committee. The recently held talks were part of the implementation of the China-U.K. Joint Declaration on Building a Global Comprehensive Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century issued in Oct. 2015.

China invites Britain to attend new Silk Road summit: sources

Feb 8, 2017

  • China has invited British Prime Minister Theresa May to attend a major summit in May on its “One Belt, One Road” initiative to build a new Silk Road, diplomatic sources told Reuters, as London said she would visit China this year. “One Belt, One Road” is Chinese President Xi Jinping’s landmark programme to invest billions of dollars in infrastructure projects including railways, ports and power grids across Asia, Africa and Europe.

China-UK ‘Golden Era’ of Economic Relations at Full Speed Ahead

Feb 05, 2017

  • The U.K. continues to be a favored investment destination by Chinese investors in Europe, despite Brexit and the rise of Prime Minister Theresa May. Such benefits China, as it looks to mellow down in the U.S., where President Donald Trump and his firebrand anti-China rhetoric now rules. Around $38 billion worth of investments and contracts from Chinese firms have been shored up in the U.K. for the past 10 years, per the American Enterprise Institute’s China Global Investment tracker reported by China Daily.

Useful idiots? Japanese embassy pays British think tank to plant anti-China stories

30 Jan, 2017

  • The neoconservative Henry Jackson Society (HJS) think tank is on the payroll of the Japanese embassy, charged with drafting in public figures to spread anti-Chinese propaganda, investigators claim. The Times’ investigation suggests the London-based HJS is paid £10,000 (US$12,500) per month to spread anti-Chinese propaganda, including through public figures like former British Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind.

China to Boost Nuclear Energy Cooperation With UK


  • China plans to boost nuclear energy cooperation with the United Kingdom, Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi said Wednesday. “China and the United Kingdom plan to develop closer high-level ties, conduct an appropriate bilateral dialogue and broaden practical cooperation in the area on nuclear energy, high-speed rail construction, finance and innovation,” Yang said, as quoted by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Universities are becoming like mechanical nightingales

December 19, 2016

  • Sir Keith Burnett reflects on the future of academia and innovation in the UK and China. China is thinking hard about its universities and their future, and looking to us for insight. Sitting at lunch with the university’s chancellor, Jiao Yang, we talked about how we should develop our communities to produce the scholarship and innovation that our countries so desperately need.

Closer cooperation for UK, Chinese universities


  • Universities in China and the United Kingdom are expected to shortly be cooperating more closely after an agreement was signed between two groups of elite institutions. The agreement was made between the Russell Group, which is an association of British universities including Cambridge and Oxford, and Group-China 9, who represent prestigious establishments including Nanjing, Peking and Shanghai Jiao Tong universities.

UK-China relations still ‘golden’, says PM, as investment talks open

10 November 2016

  • Britain’s relationship with China remains “golden”, Theresa May has said, as she opened talks aimed at bringing billions of pounds in Chinese investment to the north of England.

China, Britain, France sign pact for new UK nuclear plant

Sep. 29, 2016

  • Officials from China, Britain and France have attended a signing ceremony to mark the final approval for the construction of the new Hinkley Point nuclear power station in southwest England. The 18 billion-pound ($23 billion) project will be financed by Chinese nuclear power provider CGN and French energy group EDF. It will be Britain’s first new nuclear plant in more than two decades. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and Chinese Energy Minister Nur Bekri attended Thursday’s ceremony.

Britain gives green light to French-Chinese Hinkley Point nuclear station


  • The British government said on Thursday that it had given the green light to a controversial new nuclear project at Hinkley Point after Prime Minister Theresa May ordered a review. The go-ahead for French firm EDF to build the power plant in southwest England, with the help of Chinese funding on Thursday, ended weeks of uncertainty and diplomatic tension over the deal.

Britain’s May says China-UK enjoying golden era, ties not doomed by Hinkley

Sep 5, 2016

  • Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday that Britain and China were enjoying a ‘golden era’ and the strategic partnership would not be derailed by her decision on whether to back a part-Chinese funded power station at Hinkley Point. “I have been clear that a decision about Hinkley will be taken later this month, but our relationship with China is about more than Hinkley,” May told reporters after a two-day summit of leaders from G20 nations in China. The British government’s surprise decision in July to delay the $24 billion nuclear plan has upset China, one of the backers of the scheme.

UK explores multi-billion pound free trade deal with China

24 July 2016

  • Chancellor Philip Hammond has begun discussions with China on an ambitious free trade deal which could see greater access for major Chinese banks and businesses to the UK economy. The Chancellor told the BBC it was time to explore “new opportunities” across the world, including with China, one of the UK’s biggest inward investors. That is despite a short term economic shock from leaving the European Union. He added that the EU is not in “punishment mode” over the Brexit vote.

Britain adds Chinese militant group to terror list

Jul 20, 2016

  • Britain has listed the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) as a terrorist organization, pleasing China, which had demanded Western support for its fight against a group it says seeks to split off its western region of Xinjiang. Britain’s Home Office, or interior ministry, on Friday designated ETIM, which it also called the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), as an “Islamic terrorist and separatist organization” trying to create an “independent caliphate” in Xinjiang. The United States and the United Nations have listed ETIM as a terrorist group, though there is some discrepancy internationally over whether ETIM and TIP are the same entity as China says, and experts have questioned their cohesiveness.

Chinese universities ‘to set up in UK’, predicts Lord Willetts

June 29, 2016

  • The Chinese government may be planning to encourage its universities to set up overseas, and the UK should “work hard” to attract these branch campuses, according to Lord Willetts. The former UK universities and science minister spoke to Times Higher Education at its recent Asia Universities Summit, held at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Lord Willetts’ suggestion that Chinese universities may look to establish themselves overseas comes as the Westminster government aims to further open English higher education to new providers, via its White Paper and the Higher Education and Research Bill. Jo Johnson, the current universities and science minister, has suggested that overseas universities could be among those to enter the English sector.