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On 26 February 2021, the UK parliamentary International Relations and Defence Committee (a House of Lords Select Committee) launched an inquiry into the UK’s security and trade relationship with China. The inquiry will consider the UK Government’s relationship with China, including the latter’s significance as a trade partner and source of investment for the UK. It will also examine the UK’s security interests vis-à-vis China as well as evaluating how UK policy towards China has…

On 30 December 2020, the EU and China reached an agreement “in principle” for a new EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (“CAI”) (see our previous update here). The CAI concludes seven years of investment negotiations, that begun in October 2013, and is expected to come into force later this year. In its press release (see here), the EU stated that the CAI was the “most ambitious agreement that China has ever concluded with a third…

On 6 November 2020, the UK Government launched a website (see here) designed as a guide for digital and tech firms doing business in China. The guidance explains that the UK and China can develop new technology to tackle climate change for example, create new jobs and rebalance the British economy and includes case studies showing the scale of opportunities linked to China’s growing economy. However, it also seeks to raise awareness of what the…