UK firms fear China’s revenge over Huawei and Hong Kong

Mr Rous said many of the Council’s members felt the Government had not fully explained the reasons behind its U-turn on Huawei. “It is the sovereign right of any government to change policy but we want to understand, what is the evidence base for this?” he said. Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, has blamed US sanctions.

A source in the business community in Beijing said there was concern among businesses about the potential impact on the UK-China relationship of “very negative” language coming out of Westminster. “British businesses as much as anybody want to have a robust conversation on the

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How China’s influence extends deep into the UK economy

“No economy in the world is as open to Chinese investment as the UK,” declared George Osborne on a visit in 2015. Few Western nations would make such a claim today, but the then-Chancellor was on an unapologetic charm offensive that took him to Beijing skyscrapers, interviews on bullet trains and parades in front of giant red flags. 

Osborne batted away questions over human rights violations while claiming China stood up for free trade. He even touted the expanding global presence of tech titan Huawei as an example of how the ruling Communist party had embraced free market capitalism. 


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China’s role in UK nuclear power comes under scrutiny

The threat posed by Chinese involvement in Britain’s nuclear power infrastructure has been overstated, experts argue, despite rising concern about Beijing’s influence over the west.

Politicians have begun quietly suggesting that China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) could become the next Huawei and be scrutinised by MPs wanting to take a harder line on China’s rising power on the global stage.

But a number of nuclear experts have questioned the validity of these claims and disputed the parallels between CGN and Huawei, the controversial Chinese technology company that is set to play a pivotal role in Britain’s 5G mobile networks. 

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How China’s Goldwind is taking over the turbine world

The Xinjiang Wind Power Company, a forerunner to Goldwind, used $3.2m (£2.5m) from the Danish government to purchase 13 wind turbines in 1989, and a year later, the Dabancheng Wind Farm was connected to the grid.

Wu Gang joined the company around this time, an engineer with a fascination for wind power.

After 10 years of learning his craft, Wu would take his expertise and his experience working at Xinjiang Wind Power Company and establish Goldwind. The two firms would maintain a close relationship over the years: Xinjiang Wind Power Company is still listed as Goldwind’s largest shareholder, although available

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