Government answers my question about the risks to British nationals engaged in business in China – like the imprisoned Peter Humphreys – and whether they draw attention to the fate of British citizen Jimmy Lai, incarcerated in Hong Kong, when they encourage British businesses to trade with China

Nov 18, 2023 | News

Lord Alton of Liverpool – To ask His Majesty’s Government what assessment they have
made of the treatment of British businessmen imprisoned in China such as Peter
Humphrey, and whether they draw attention to his case and that of Jimmy Lai when
encouraging British businesses to trade with China.
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon – We expect all countries, including China, to comply with
international obligations regarding the detention and treatment of prisoners. Consular
staff at the FCDO provide tailored support to any British citizens that are detained
overseas, according to the circumstances of their case.
The Government’s Overseas Business Risk guidance provides information and advice for
British companies operating in China and Hong Kong on how to manage political,
economic, and business security-related risks.

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