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Future of UK-China Relations: The Search for a New Model

by Kerry Brown Agenda Publishing Ltd
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The UK's relationship with China stretches back over 200 years and began with Britain attempting to build trade ties with the Qing imperial court in the eighteenth century. Over the next 150 years, Britian was at the forefront of some of the most infamous instances of Chinese encounters with the outside world, from the opium wars, the sacking of the Summer Palace and the reparations for the Boxer rebellion, to the maintenance of Hong Kong as a colony. Since the return of Hong Kong to Chinese rule in 1997, policies of engagement have replaced those of confrontation and as China’s economy has eclipsed that of the UK, the transformation of that relationship has become imperative for the UK.


At a time when both China’s role in the world is becoming the focus of international business strategy and Brexit is pushing the UK to look to the rest of the world for trade and investment, Kerry Brown assesses the potential for a new "golden age" of UK–China relations and what the UK needs to understand about China before embarking on such a venture.
Kerry Brown is Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College London. He was previously Professor of Chinese Politics and Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Between 1998–2005 he worked at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, including three years as First Secretary at the British embassy in Beijing. His recent books include Contemporary China (2013), Hu Jintao: China’s Silent Ruler (2012) and Ballot Box China (2011).