A golden week

Source: The Guardian

This week sees the state visit of China's president, Xi Jinping, which is likely to see significant levels of scrutiny given what is at stake both politically and economically. Many of the public are sceptical about increasing the level of Chinese involvement in the UK’s national infrastructure through the signing of a deal which would see Chinese support of nuclear at Hinckley Point, with a further deal to invest in a second EDF plant at Sizewell in Sussex expected.

This proposed deal around nuclear in particular may come under fire, with Greenpeace this morning releasing figures which indicate less than a third of the public support the deal with the Chinese.

The proposed white-tie state banquet at Buckingham Palace may also see Jeremy Corbyn challenge the Chinese president over Human Rights, whilst many remain sceptical over China’s capacity to invade both private and public cyber security. For Cameron, Osborne and the rest of the government, rolling out the red carpet to President Xi could lead to heavy criticism, sparking a backlash politically which could prove costly.

Elsewhere, the issue of Europe remains as ever on the agenda, with the notoriously anti-European Defence Secretary Michael Fallon using the carefully crafted words that the current Conservative Cabinet is a wholly “Eurosceptic” one, and that there were were no "Euro-fanatics" around David Cameron's top table. Undoubtedly for a Prime Minister who has tried to position himself on the grounds of keeping the UK within the EU, David Cameron will not be thanking his defence secretary for this, which has only helped add greater fuel to an already pro-longed fire.

Peter Folland

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