Boris Johnson “Enthusiastic” About Belt and Road, Vows to Run a Very “Pro-China” Government

Boris Johnson says a lot of things

Brexited UK will value its commercial links with China Johnson says

Chinese President Xi Jinping might have a new partner at 10 Downing Street for his ambitious project to expand Communist Party economic influence overseas.

Boris Johnson vowed his government will be very “pro-China” in an interview with a Hong Kong broadcaster a day before he succeeded Theresa May as British prime minister.

“We are very enthusiastic about the Belt and Road Initiative,” Johnson said. “We are very interested in what President Xi is doing.”

Johnson has pledged to extricate the United Kingdom from the European Union by Oct. 31, but the departure could be painful for the British economy if he can’t negotiate an agreement that preserves close economic ties with the EU or a favorable parallel trade deal with the United States. The risk of a recession might drive Johnson to bargain with China, but President Trump’s administration has warned European allies to avoid such deals.

“We are very lucky because we have coming to the U.K. not only lots of goods manufactured in China, we have 155,000 Chinese students in the country, which is wonderful for us,” Johnson said in the Tuesday interview. “They make a massive contribution to Britain and to our society.”

Johnson also promised to keep Britain “the most open economy in Europe” for Chinese investments. “We have Chinese companies coming in to do Hinkley, for instance, the big nuclear power plant,” he added.

Such enthusiasm might irritate Trump’s team, to judge from the rebuke of Italy’s recent decision to join China’s Belt and Road Initiative. “Endorsing BRI lends legitimacy to China’s predatory approach to investment and will bring no benefits to the Italian people,” the White House National Security Council tweeted in March.

The Belt and Road Initiative is China’s strategic plan to use infrastructure investments to gain influence, and even sovereignty, over key ports, railways, and airports around the world. Similarly, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned British officials in May that Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei could “divide Western alliances” if the United Kingdom lets the company provide the government with sensitive communications technology.

“China attaches importance to the China-U.K. relations and hopes that the U.K. will continue to work with China to ensure the sustained, steady, and sound development of China-U.K. relations in the spirit of mutual respect and win-win cooperation,” Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said of the new prime minister Wednesday.

Source: The Washington Examiner

  1. All_has_An _END_. says

    i Can’t believe they picked this clown to run things

  2. John C Carleton says

    This Clown is a Rat’s minion.
    That means he is a liar, probably a pedophile, Anti-freedom, pro Khazarain Mafia, Anti-English, political prostitute.

    In other words, nothing he says means anything.

  3. mijj says

    what Boris says depends upon who he’s talking to.

  4. Mary E says

    The UK would be smart and doing a big favor to themselves if they did join China’s Belt and Road…what have their economic ties with the US done for them recently?? Nada

  5. CHUCKMAN says

    You can only welcome such talk, but as another says here, Boris says lots of things.

    He also just said that he was going to make Britain “the greatest place on earth.”

    Does that ring any bells?

    I’ve observed before that Boris is just Trump with an Eton accent and schoolboy looks.

    Same braggadocio. Same immense exaggeration. Same trash talk about others.

    Same narcissism.

  6. thomas malthaus says

    They all say a lot of things. I keep in mind he wasn’t elected by Brits.

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