Anti-corruption and cementing new treaties should take precedence over softer fashionable favourites.
Home to some of the fastest-growing economies of the 21st century, it has never been more urgent to build new trading relationships there.
Given the salience of the topic, we are republishing the Chair of the Foreign Select Committee’s article above each day this week.
Economically and politically, Beijing takes advantage of asymmetric openness: we’re open to them, but they are not to us.
It’s time that we all stood shoulder to shoulder together, and kept ourselves safe from outside interference.
The scale of his domestic ambitions and the legacy of the Iraq War suggest that his ambitions will be limited – for the moment at least.
Some will ask “Trump versus China: where does the UK stand?” The answer will be: “Ask Brussels – as the UK isn’t allowed to have a trade policy of its own”.
The mythical post-Brexit ideal of unfettered access to the Single Market most closely resembles deals only open to less developed countries.
With a hundred days to go until the Games in Glasgow, the Foreign Office Minister reflects on development, values and the future.
It has highlighted the failure of the Conservative leadership’s Sweetshop Theory of Politics.
Plus: Well done, Chris Philp. An ankle bracelet for Ann Widdecombe? And: Go on, Lord Ashcroft. Publish that Cameron biography before the next election.
The Prime Minister says that “we’ll get further by going … and shining a light on some of the issues and problems that are there”.
“In the absence of an independent investigation, pressure will mount for an international investigation,” says the Foreign Secretary.