Over 80% of Britons fear China’s growing influence

More than eight in ten people in Britain are worried about Communist China’s growing influence around the world and more than half believe Beijing poses a “significant risk” to international peace.

According to a survey by polling group Redfield & Wilton Strategies, 84% of Britons polled are concerned about China’s rise and influence as a global power, while 57% went on to say they believe that the communist country represents a “significant risk” for world peace and stability.

The survey, carried out for the Daily mailwent on to find that only 26% of the public supported the government’s current stance on China, compared to 14% who opposed it, 33% who were ambivalent, and 26% who said they were unsure.

In terms of personal responsibility, nearly half of respondents (49%) said they usually don’t ask if a product is made in China before making a purchase. In contrast, around 38% said they usually take into account that a product they want to buy is made in the communist country, which is increasingly notorious for its use of slave labor to reduce production costs.

Just 24% said they thought it would be easy or very easy for the average Briton to avoid products made in China, while 67% said it would be difficult or very difficult to avoid these products.

In the year to last September, trade in goods and services between the UK and China totaled £103.5bn, an increase of 9% or £8.5bn sterling compared to the previous year, making the communist country Britain’s fourth largest trading partner. As is typical for the so-called Middle Kingdom, trade with the UK was quite unbalanced, with Britain exporting £31.7 billion worth of goods and services to China, compared to £71.8 billion. billion pounds for the UK.

In his first major political statement on relations with China in November, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak tried to thread the needle by not outright declaring the nation a “systemic threat” as his predecessor Liz Truss wanted to do – before his unceremonious removal – and thus leave the door open for further exchanges with China while pretending not to pay attention to critics of the Beijing regime.

“Let’s be clear, the so-called ‘golden age’ is over, along with the naïve idea that trade would lead to social and political reform. But neither should we rely on simplistic Cold War rhetoric. We recognize that China poses a systemic challenge to our values ​​and interests, a challenge that is getting worse as it moves towards even greater authoritarianism,” the prime minister said.

Premier Mr Sunak has long faced criticism for his stated desire to deepen trade relations with China, dating back to his days as Chancellor of the Exchequer under fellow Sinophile Boris Johnson. Sunak and his successor as chief financial officer, Jeremy Hunt, have also come under scrutiny for their personal ties to the communist nation.

Mr Hunt, who was instrumental in the globalist coup that dethroned Liz Truss and installed Sunak in Downing Street, is married to a bona fide Chinese propagandist, Lucia Guo, who was previously employed by the company of State China International TV Corporation to present a documentary that hailed China’s draconian response to the Wuhan virus and glossed over the genocide of Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region.

Sunak, for his part, married India’s tech royalty, marrying the daughter of InfoSys founder NR Narayana Murthy. The Indian tech giant reportedly still owns two Chinese subsidiaries, Infosys Technologies (China) Co Limited and Infosys Technologies (Shanghai) Co Limited, meaning Sunak’s family could benefit financially from a close and continued UK business relationship. and China.

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