Written by James Farley.
President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the United Kingdom in October 2015 was heralded, at least by the British government, as the start of a new ‘golden relationship’ with the People’s Republic of China. The visit was intended to establish both friendlier diplomatic relations but also foster greater business links between the two countries. Britain, it was argued, was potentially an attractive business partner for China, particularly because of its close relationship with the European Union. A year later and the political situation has changed considerably. On the 23rd of June 2016 the British people voted in a referendum to end their membership of the Union. This decision has generated a great deal of uncertainty, particularly regarding the types of relationships the United Kingdom will be able to build following its exit from the EU. British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has stated that ‘Brexit’ will provide the opportunity for there to be a ‘truly global Britain.’ Continue reading “Introduction to Special Issue on China and the United Kingdom”