UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has toughened his stance against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on such sensitive issues as the banning of Huawei, the telecommunications company linked to the CCP, and the defense of Hong Kong’s autonomy.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden confirmed that Huawei will be banned from the UK’s 5G network, as the UK cannot “trust” the company, and warned, “From the end of this year telecommunications operators should not buy any 5G equipment from Huawei,” according to the Independent of July 14.
The decision was influenced by the national security risks involved in possible espionage by the CCP through Huawei, the U.S. sanctions on the company, and the commercial rapprochement to the U.S. market after the separation from the European Union (EU).
The support given by the United Kingdom to the human rights of the Hong Kong people after the entry into force of the draconian security law imposed by the CCP in its former colony, further strains relations with the CCP, to the extent that some predict the beginning of a new Cold War.
“We are heading for a Cold War; there is no doubt about that,” said Tobias Ellwood, chairman of the Defense of the Commons Committee, according to the Independent.
Hopefully, the Chinese Communist Party will apply its customary system of retaliation, as it did with Australia.
The UK risks an $86 billion annual markets with the CCP and billions more in Chinese domestic investment.
Also at stake are tourism and the number of students coming from China to British universities, which could drop drastically due to the intervention of the CCP, and it would not be difficult for cyberattacks to increase.
In any case, the commercial situation of the CCP should not be very easy, either.
“China’s Achilles’ heel is that its growth is absolutely dependent on world trade,” Ellwood said. “But we still let them make the decisions; we let them change the rules or bend the rules,” he added, according to Politico.
For the United Kingdom, a trade agreement with the United States would be important trade support. It also seeks to be linked to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership
This alliance unites 11 countries, including Japan, Canada, and Australia, and is seen by some at Westminster as another important reinforcement in Britain’s new stance on the impact that hardening of its relations with the Chinese Communist Party could have.