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With her “cheese speech” in 2014, which went viral outside the UK this week, Britain’s new Prime Minister Elizabeth Truss has already made (Internet) history. At the time, “Liz” announced the return of domestically produced food at a Tory party conference. Very soon, the Conservative politician said at the time, British food exports will flood global markets: “And we are selling tea to China – Yorkshire tea!“
New in office, however, Truss no longer sees the People’s Republic primarily as a promising sales market for tea, but as a “threat to national security”. Under Truss, it is already clear that the United Kingdom is taking an even greater confrontational course against China. Her worldview is reminiscent of Ronald Reagan’s, who divided the world into liberal democracies and authoritarian dictatorships, writes Michael Radunski. In his analysis, he sheds light on the underlying reasons for her hard line against Beijing and the consequences this could have for the inflation-plagued island.
One consequence of the confrontation between China and the West in recent years has been the closure of many Confucius Institutes in the USA. The Chinese teaching and cultural institutions are accused of being too close to the government in Beijing. Trump in particular had it in for them during his term in office, which is why many of them had to close up shop in the USA. According to investigations by an NGO, however, they have now secretly returned to the United States. With a new name and a new coat of paint, they continue to try to exert influence on the American education system. Amelie Richter took a closer look at the report.
Liz Truss: No more pints for Xi
In October 2015, the patrons at the Plough, a pub in Cadsden, England, were quite surprised by the two well-dressed men at the bar. David Cameron and Xi Jinping each held a dark pint and casually discussed big politics. Appearances were not deceiving; the mood that evening was indeed as good as relations between the United Kingdom and China.
London had become a founding member of the Chinese-designed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) – against the wishes of the United States. Moreover, as a member of the European Union, British diplomats strongly pushed for a formal EU trade and investment agreement with China. Cameron’s credo was: “The more we trade together, the more we have a stake in each other’s success, and the more we understand each other, the more that we can work together to confront the problems that face our world today.”
Elizabeth Truss, too, was part of the British government at the time. As Secretary of State for Education, she praised the opening of Confucius Institutes in the United Kingdom. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Cameron called China and Great Britain the “best partners in the West.” There was even talk of a “golden era“.