China-U.K. Relations Grow More Strained Over Huawei and Hong Kong

Author
Taylor Butch
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
The Jamestown Foundation
Abstract
In October 2015, People’s Republic of China (PRC) President Xi Jinping visited the United Kingdom at the request of Queen Elizabeth II, marking the first time that the PRC head of state had done so in ten years. In the lead-up to the visit, both Chinese and British officials had publicly acknowledged the significance of this meeting, calling it a “golden era” in relations between the two countries. Five years on, U.K.-China relations remains steady, but there are increasing signs of tension in the relationship. Rising controversies over Huawei’s role in 5G infrastructure, and Beijing’s actions to suppress opposition in Hong Kong—as well as tensions over the origins of the coronavirus pandemic—lie at the heart of this downturn in relations.
Topic
International Relations, Science and Technology, Communications, Infrastructure, COVID-19, 5G
Political Geography
China, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, Hong Kong