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The Long Trail of British China Policy


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Realising a new approach to Beijing following the Integrated Review will require policymakers to acknowledge the significant historical baggage that comes with policy design in this area. Avoiding these pitfalls will be integral to ensuring a clear-eyed strategy for China.

As the Integrated Review provides policymakers with an opportunity to outline a new approach to China, it is worth considering some of the factors that have shaped British China policy in the 20th and early 21st century. ‘Interaction between East and West must be accepted for better or worse...If they [China] fail to meet their obligations the world’s history will take an irrevocable turn in the wrong direction. It is not merely that the chances of war in the Pacific will be

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