Mapping a Pandemic: Britain and China: Unusual Business - The Future Bilateral Relationship

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An online briefing from experts of the Royal United Services Institute on the impact of Covid-19 on the UK/China relationship.

“We ought to look at all sides of this and do it in a balanced way, but there is no doubt that we can’t have business as usual after this crisis”.

This is how Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab characterised the challenge he believes Britain is facing in redefining its future relationship with China after the current health emergency is over.

But in what way is the pandemic connected with the need to redefine bilateral relations? And what would such a “reset” entail? Furthermore, with Britain still preoccupied with concluding negotiations on its future trade relationship with the European Union, is this the appropriate time for a rethink of the country’s relationship with China?


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