Why Cameron’s Trade Mission to China was scuppered

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BEIJING, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) — China and Britain have agreed to enhance cooperation in areas including high-speed railway, nuclear power and finance, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Monday.

On political realtions, Li said both sides agreed that China and Britain should adhere to mutual respect and equality, take care of each other’s major interests and concerns and enhance political mutual trust.

The British side reaffirmed its respect for China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, adherence to the one-China policy and respect for China’s core interests and major concerns, according to Li.

Li said as major world economies, China and Britain are both major forces in the international community, with bilateral relations having an important global impact.

The two leaders agreed that, in current circumstances, the two should continue to oppose trade protectionism and promote trade and investment liberalization.

The two sides should enhance cooperation on an international level and work together to promote nuclear non-proliferation and seek peaceful resolution for major international and regional issues.

Both sides should also promote exchanges between countries of different systems and civilizations, he said.

Both sides also inked agreements on investment, finance, legal affairs, culture and health cooperation.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-12/02/c_132935403.htm

BUT Behind the scenes this is the hypocrisy that was going on:

A visit by the Royal Navy’s most senior officer to Japan, at the same time as the Prime Minister was in China, has risked a new diplomatic rift between London and Beijing.

Admiral George Zambellas, the First Sea Lord, met Itsunori Onodera, Japan’s defence minister, last week and reportedly pledged his support for the Japanese military.

The intervention came amid a growing military stand-off between Japan and China over a set of islands in the East China sea.

The depth of Chinese anger over Adml Zambellas’ visit to Japan was exposed by an editorial in a state-run tabloid newspaper, which claimed Adml Zambellas had “supported Japan’s stance towards China’s recently declared Air Defence Identification zone in the East China Sea”.

The newspaper added: “This has added doubts over Cameron’s sincerity in improving ties with China. Perhaps there is no need to talk about ‘sincerity’ in terms of Sino-British relations.

“What Cameron does is out of his own political interest and the UK’s national interest. His visit this time can hardly be the end of the conflict between China and the UK.

“Beijing needs to speed up the pace of turning its strength into diplomatic resources and make London pay the price for when it intrudes into the interests of China.”

Web-bloggers in China also criticised the meeting, with one writing: “This has helped Chinese people realise the ugly face of the British government.”

Mr Cameron was challenged about the meeting, with one Chinese reporter saying that it had caused “confusion among the Chinese ordinary people”.

He said: “That is an important issue. The European Union has made a balanced statement about that issue which the British support.

“And we want to see all the … difficulties in the region be dealt with and subside so we can have good stability. That is the British view; that is the European view.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10506632/Royal-Navy-admirals-meeting-with-Japanese-defence-minister-risks-diplomatic-headache-for-David-Cameron.html

So in the end it was egg on Cameron’s face. Very little more has been said of the success of Cameron’s Trade Mission to China. British doplomacy was proven to be insincere and hypocritical. What a shame for this very clumsy and stupid act of “gun-boat diplomacy” as it won’t work any longer with an emerging China.

 

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