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Brexit and Beyond
Tory Split Opens over Relations with China
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  • Jim__L

    Well, what would you recommend when you consider the fact that European industrial exports (including British) have suffered so greatly with China’s rise? And that that is one of the causes of British dissatisfaction that led to the Brexit?

    Britain needs to figure out how to pursue its own interests in the new global economy. Sure, Free Trade has done well for Britain in the past… but that was when it was an industrial powerhouse decades or centuries ahead of the rest of the world. Nowadays, unilateral disarmament is not an effective response to trade wars.

    We’ll see how this all shakes out.

    • FriendlyGoat

      It appears to be shaking out that conservatives in Britain would prefer to align with China than with their neighbors. Donald Trump seems to be suggesting we take a similar approach to Canada and Mexico.

      • Jim__L

        China does not typically interfere with the internal politics of its partners. That has a certain amount of appeal.

  • Andrew Allison

    China, the economy of which is slowly but surely imploding, is not negotiating from a position of strength http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20160105160709/http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/resources/chtchinafigure2_tcm77-406187.png

  • Kevin

    Given how feckless the EU is nonhuman rights anywhere but Isreal, the U.K. will hardly have less influence on global human rights post-Brexit.

    To me the real question is whether London’ property and finance markets will remain a popular place for corrupt Russian, Chinese and othe assorted kleptocrats to park their ill gotten gains. However the Brexit vote shows this money laundering in the City hasn’t really lead to broader prosperity in England.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    Nothing China makes is unique and can’t be replace by some other country at a lower price. Where’s the Chinese Intel, Microsoft, Sony, Toyota, Samsung, Kia, etc… Since the fall of the Iron Curtain not a single world class company has started in China.

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