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World U.K. Chooses Fights as It Seeks Its Place in a Post-Brexit World

02:27  07 july  2020
02:27  07 july  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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(Bloomberg) -- The U.K. reaffirmed its collision course with Beijing and Moscow on Monday as it seeks to establish its place in the world after Brexit.

Dominic Raab wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a building: Dominic Raab, U.K. foreign secretary, departs number 10 Downing Street on his way to a weekly questions and answers session in Parliament in London, U.K., on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Boris Johnson's coronavirus strategy faces its first major political test since the U.K. was put on lockdown a month ago when members of Parliament question ministers in a sitting conducted via video-conference. © Bloomberg Dominic Raab, U.K. foreign secretary, departs number 10 Downing Street on his way to a weekly questions and answers session in Parliament in London, U.K., on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Boris Johnson's coronavirus strategy faces its first major political test since the U.K. was put on lockdown a month ago when members of Parliament question ministers in a sitting conducted via video-conference.

The Chinese ambassador to London warned of “consequences” if Britain treats China as a “hostile” power in its dealings over Hong Kong and Huawei Technologies Co., while Russian judicial and law enforcement officials topped the list of people sanctioned for human rights abuses, sparking a threat of retaliation from the Kremlin.

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The announcement of targeted sanctions on 49 individuals and organizations for human rights abuses immediately sparked calls from senior lawmakers in Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party for similar curbs on Chinese officials. The demands highlighted a tension for the U.K. as it seeks trade deals around the world after severing links with the European Union while at the same time trying to assert itself as a champion of freedom.

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“Britain’s future means balancing different interests and some tough choices,” said Tom Tugendhat, a Conservative and chairman of Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee. “But to get through this we need to remember what really matters and hold on to core beliefs -- none more than the rule of law.”

Tensions, ‘Consequences’

Tugendhat was joined by former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith as senior MPs called for the sanctions, currently limited to Russia, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar and North Korea, to be extended to Chinese officials for the suppression of protests in Hong Kong and human rights abuses against the Uighur Muslim minority in Xinjiang. Some said Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam should be added to the list.

Raab didn’t rule out including Chinese nationals and said he is already working on the next round of sanctions, which he told MPs are “a forensic tool” and have to be legally watertight before they are applied.

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The escalation of tensions came after it emerged London is preparing to phase Huawei, the Chinese technology giant, out of its plans for fifth-generation telecommunications networks, sparking a robust response from Liu Xiaoming, the Chinese ambassador in London.

He accused the U.K. of following the bidding of the U.S. and criticized its response to a crackdown on demonstrations in Hong Kong. Last week Johnson offered a fast-track to citizenship to almost 3 million residents of its former colony.

“We want to be your friend, we want to be your partner, but if you want to make China a hostile partner you have to bear the consequences.” Liu said on a video call with reporters Monday. “If you dance to the tune of other countries, how can you call yourself Great Britain?”

‘Significant Impact’

A report from the U.K.’s National Cybersecurity Centre concluded that new U.S. sanctions mean Huawei will have to use untrusted technology, making security risks impossible to control, a person familiar with the matter said.

Officials are drawing plans to speed up the removal of existing Huawei kit, although an exact timetable is yet to be set, said the person, who asked not to be named discussing unpublished proposals.

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“If the U.S. imposes sanctions, which they have done, we believe that could have a significant impact on the reliability of Huawei equipment and when we can use it safely,” Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden told Sky News on Monday when asked about the prospect of phasing out Huawei.

Johnson’s government, which set a U.S. trade deal as the centerpiece of its international plans after Britain leaves the European Union, has been under heavy pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to drop Huawei from its plans. Washington warned future security cooperation could be under threat if London pressed on with the Chinese company after ministers cleared its participation in January.

Monday’s sanctions were announced as Raab set out the British version of the U.S. Magnitsky Act, invoking action against 49 individuals and organizations. They included visa bans and assets freezes for 20 Saudi citizens suspected of involvement in the killing of the columnist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, and two government entities in charge of North Korea’s prison camps.

The Magnitsky Act is named for Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who died in a Moscow jail in 2009 after alleging officials were involved in tax fraud, and the list includes individuals implicated in his case. Twenty-five Russians are named in the list published by the Foreign Office.

“If you are a kleptocrat or an organized criminal, you will not be able to launder your blood money in this country,” Raab told Parliament.

Raab, who compared Magnitsky to the Soviet-era dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn, said targeting individuals rather than states, will “allow us to continue to engage bilaterally with countries that, frankly, we need to.”

That view was not shared by Russia, which said the U.K.’s targeting of judges and prosecutors was an “assault” on judicial independence.

“Russia reserves the right to respond to today’s unfriendly decision by the U.K. on the basis of reciprocity,” Russia’s Embassy in London said in a statement. “It will not improve Russian-British relations.”

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UK's post-Brexit sanctions move early test on China .
Britain's new post-Brexit sanctions regime faces an early test over London's deteriorating relationship with China, as calls mount for it to be used against Beijing officials. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the government now has the ability to impose sanctions on people involved "in the very worst human rights abuses" around the world. London is looking to forge a new foreign policy path dubbed "Global Britain" on its own after it quit theForeign Secretary Dominic Raab said the government now has the ability to impose sanctions on people involved "in the very worst human rights abuses" around the world.

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