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UK PM candidates race for toughness against China 'to cover domestic mess'

2022-07-26 10:09:35       source:Global Times

July 26, 2022

The remaining two candidates for the leadership of the Conservative Party and the new prime minister of the UK are competing with each other on who can play tougher against China during the election, and Rishi Sunak, the candidate who is perceived to support a balanced policy, is also making tough comments. 

Chinese analysts said the China policy in countries like the US and the UK won't be changed dramatically with the changes of leaders, and the act of hyping the "China threat" remains one of the best options for those incompetent politicians to cover up their failures in pushing effective reform to solve domestic problems, even though they know China has nothing to do with their internal messes, and especially their economic problems, that their voters care about most. 

Even if the politicians clearly understand that fixing ties with China could help them relieve economic pressure to some extent or that making damage to China-UK ties will eventually further harm the UK economy, the toxic political atmosphere makes those UK politicians, who do not have the courage or wisdom to make effective changes, opt for the easy choice rather than the right choice, experts said. 

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