How the hawks got hold of Britain’s China strategy

Boris Johnson’s changing tack on China is informed by a canny clique on his own backbench – and they’re keen to work with Australia.

FINANCIAL REVIEW : Hans van Leeuwen Europe correspondent Jun 13, 2020 – 12.00am

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo couldn’t have been more blunt this week: Britain needs to wean itself off the Chinese economic teat.

“Beijing’s aggressive behaviour shows why countries should avoid economic over-reliance on China and should guard their critical infrastructure from Chinese Communist Party influence,” he said in an excoriating three-paragraph press statement on Wednesday (AEST).

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