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PREMIUM: Alarm bells continue to ring in the West over Chinese state-owned enterprises

22nd April 2021 - 13:05 GMT | by Samuel Beal in Oxford


Western governments appear increasingly skittish about allowing Chinese firms to invest in strategically important industries. (Photo: Alamy)

A U-turn from the UK, as seen in last month’s Integrated Review, typifies concern over the risk of Chinese interference in strategically important industries.

Western governments are scrutinising investment ties with Beijing as worries multiply over repercussions for national security. The debate over Huawei's involvement in the worldwide rollout of 5G infrastructure has come to symbolise such concerns.

The UK is no exception but its change in tone is quite abrupt. In 2015, the ...

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