Episode 63: Achieving a More Dynamic and Effective UK–China Strategy

With David Cameron's return to government, this episode of the Global Security Briefing analyses the UK's approach to China over the past decade.

The UK’s 2023 Integrated Review Refresh declares China a ‘an epoch-defining systemic challenge’. This is a far cry from the tone of the earlier UK policy from 2015, when the then-Cameron government referred to the bilateral relationship with Beijing as entering a ‘golden era’.

This apparent discrepancy has prompted calls for greater coherence in policy execution, public debate and scrutiny. In this episode, we are joined by RUSI's Senior Associate Fellow and Founding Director of the UK National Committee on China, Andrew Cainey, to ask: what is the UK's current China policy, and is a strategy document the best way to achieve desired results?

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Dr Neil Melvin

Director, International Security

International Security

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Andrew Cainey

Senior Associate Fellow; Founding Director of the UK National Committee on China

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