My question during the Statement on China, 20 July 2020

Sir John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): Could we make a study of essential technologies where dependence on China would leave us very vulnerable and then have a strategy for developing those at home or with our allies?

The Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs (Mr Dominic Raab): My right hon. Friend is right, particularly in relation to 5G, but there are the other areas, and that is exactly what we are doing.

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  1. Gordon
    Posted July 21, 2020 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Oh no- we might not have 5G. How have we managed for all of history without it?

  2. Graham Wheatley
    Posted July 21, 2020 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Sir John,

    The Chinese Government care not a jot about the financial implications of the exclusion of Huawei and loss of 5G.

    What they are extremely annoyed about (as demonstrated by their threats of there being ‘consequences’….) is the fact that they have been denied the opportunity to steal all of the data and research that they were counting on!

    Similarly with Hong Kong; they don’t give a stuff about HK’s economy. All they want is 100% autonomous control over the land mass that it sits on. They will ‘worry’ about the economy later.

  3. czerwonadupa
    Posted July 21, 2020 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    The West have always been very naive towards communists & communism ever since the Webbs Sidney & Beatrice visited Soviet Russia & wrote books praising the system & ignoring Stalin’s atrocities right up to their dying days.

    • hefner
      Posted July 22, 2020 at 9:50 am | Permalink

      Primus inter pares being the UK, which as shown by the ISC’s Russia report could not care less about what Russian bots, Russian money, RT, Sputnik et al were doing to the country and this from roughly 2010.
      I guess that now some of the contributors on this blog will not be so proud of being able to get their information from sites independent of their detested BBC.

  4. Posted July 22, 2020 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    Dear John,
    When we look at what this and past Governments are doing and have done regarding China and work here , that directly affects this Nations security .
    Frankly I am bound to ask just what the hell is going on..?
    The same with illegal migrants being waved in, no borders, that PP person, tell us please, what is her Job description
    Why is she still there ?
    How is this Country going to move forward when handy caped by Governments doing the opposite to what they were elected for ?
    I am sure we all look forward to your answers

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