China: UK can’t ‘write countries off’ for trade links despite human rights concerns, says Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng

The UK should not “write whole countries off” when it comes to trade despite concerns over human rights violations. Sky News reports

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has come under pressure from senior Conservative MPs after being accused of “naivety” in Britain’s relationship with China.

It follows the publication of the government’s wide-ranging review of foreign, defence and security policy, which saw Beijing described as a “systemic challenge” but also said the UK would pursue “deeper trade links” with China.

Despite MPs raising concerns about Beijing’s actions in Hong Kong and against Uighurs in Xinjiang, the prime minister warned against a “new Cold War on China”.

Meanwhile, it has emerged Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told officials the UK should strike trade deals with countries even if they do not meet European standards on human rights.

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