After months in which the government blocked the release of the latest Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) report on China, it was finally released on Thursday.
I had a suspicion the government knew the report would be critical of Britain’s policy towards Beijing, but even I was surprised by the scale of the rebuke; as you turn to page one, the chair makes it clear: “I think that China represents a risk on a pretty wide scale.”
Independent witnesses to the committee were damning of government policy on China, it said. “They made it clear …that [the government] did not have any strategy on China, let alone an effective one.”
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