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Now more than ever, the UK needs to have a more informed and holistic understanding of China on which to develop an effective British/China relationship. 

Dear Members,

The Asia Scotland Institute and the Defence & Security Forum are delighted to present a webinar on 27 May at 1400 hours (BST) with a panel of acclaimed experts, each with a deep understanding of aspects of UK/China relations and ideally qualified to differentiate the reality from the rhetoric of China’s relations with the world and address both the need and the substance for an effective British/China relationship.

The panellists addressing these issues and then taking questions are:

Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles KCMG LVO, Chair of the China-Britain Business Council

Professor Rana Mitter Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China; Director of the University of Oxford China Centre; Fellow of St Cross College

Professor Steve Tsang, Director, SOAS China Institute


Lady Olga Maitland, President Defence and Security Forum

Roddy Gow, Chairman Asia Scotland Institute


Relations between China and the West are worryingly fraught. The United States is aggressive on several fronts, of which trade is one. China’s anger about the United States broader motivations for this position, combined with its revisionist desire to reduce US influence, create the real danger that one party may over-react. Even without a calamitous over-reaction it appears we face a problematic and damaging ‘clash of civilisations’ in which other countries and regional blocks will have to choose sides.

There is an urgent need to break this downward spiral of aggressive rhetoric driven by simplistic, binary perspectives. Europe could deal with China in a more nuanced manner than the United States, but on current evidence it seems reluctant to do so. Given that the UK’s future is outside Europe it is now essential that it has an independent, informed and balanced perspective on China.

In the UK – on one hand, there appears to be a lack of interest in understanding China and more worryingly on the other, an anti-China lobby aligned to the damaging rhetoric coming out of the Whitehouse. China is a threat in some areas, but it is a positive force in others. There is a therefore a need for the UK to have a more informed British perspective on China. Post COVID and in the context of BREXIT, the UK needs to reboot its foreign policy and build healthier, equitable and ethical bilateral relationships with its international partners, and China is an essential place to start.

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May 27 2020


Date: May 27, 2020
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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