Government challenged to say what single action the UK has taken to hold the Chinese Communist Party to account for breaching the internationally binding Sino-British joint declaration and pressed to say what assessment is being made of the CCP’s involvement in the UK’s critical national infrastructure – such as the China General Nuclear Power Group, which is blacklisted in the US for stealing nuclear secrets, but which owns one-third of Hinkley Point in the United Kingdom. And Letter to The Times explaining the difference between being pro China and Chinese people but hostile to the CCP’s brutality and ideology

Mar 11, 2021 | Featured

11th March 2021
Letter to The Times March 11th 2021 explaining the difference between being pro China and the Chinese people but hostile to the CCP’s brutality and ideology

Government challenged to say what single action the UK has taken to hold the Chinese Communist Party to account for breaching the internationally binding Sino-British joint declaration and pressed to say what assessment is being made of the CCP’s involvement in the UK’s critical national infrastructure – such as the China General Nuclear Power Group, which is blacklisted in the US for stealing nuclear secrets, but which owns one-third of Hinkley Point in the United Kingdom.

Lord Alton of Liverpool (CB) [V]

My Lords, I declare my interests as vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hong Kong and as a patron of Hong Kong Watch. Given that BNO is not an accountability measure, what single action have we taken to hold the Chinese Communist Party to account for breaching the internationally binding Sino-British joint declaration? What cross-government assessment is being made of the CCP’s involvement in our critical national infrastructure? One example is the China General Nuclear Power Group, which is blacklisted in the US for stealing nuclear secrets, but which owns one-third of Hinkley Point in the United Kingdom?

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Con)

On the noble Lord’s second point, I can assure him that we take a very robust attitude to the operation of Chinese firms and companies within the United Kingdom. Of course, when there was a big challenge concerning the issue of 5G, we reflected on the provisions for that. I can point the noble Lord to several specific actions that we have taken, including those at the UN, dating back to May 2020. Most recently, on 22 February, the Foreign Secretary directly addressed the UN Human Rights Council, calling out the systematic violation of the rights and people of Hong Kong.

Lord David Alton

For 18 years David Alton was a Member of the House of Commons and today he is an Independent Crossbench Life Peer in the UK House of Lords.

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