Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood has welcomed indications that the UK will be clamping down further on China in response to its tough new national security law on Hong Kong.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is expected to follow the example of the US, Canada and Australia and suspend the UK’s extradition treaty with the territory.
Speaking with talkRADIO’s Alastair Stewart, Mr Ellwood said the world was at a “turning point” in its relationship with the Communist regime.
“I hope that given the events, they’re not just seen as a diplomatic spat but an absolute opportunity to recheck, to reset our foreign policy with a country which I’m afraid is on a trajectory to bipolar world and another cold war,” the Defence Select Committee chairman said.
Besides the Hong Kong dispute, relations with Beijing were also tested last week when the UK banned Chinese technology firm Huawei from involvement in the UK’s 5G network over security concerns.
And questions have been raised over the treatment of China’s Uighur population in the north-western Xinjiang province, with Mr Raab accusing the country of committing “gross, egregious human rights abuses” against the community.
Meanwhile, the Chinese ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming has criticised Britain for “dancing to the tune” of the US and accused Western countries of trying to instigate a “new cold war” with China.
In a BBC interview he also rejected the allegations of widespread abuses against the mainly-Muslim Uighur people, accusing “so-called Western intelligence” of making repeated “false allegations”.
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