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What is the China Research Group?

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The CRG has been set up by a group of Conservative MPs in the UK to promote debate and fresh thinking about how Britain should respond to the rise of China.

The group’s work will look well beyond the immediate Coronavirus crisis or issues relating to Huawei, and will consider the longer term challenges associated with the rise of China and its industrial and diplomatic policies. These include:

  • China's industrial policy. How China’s trade policy, state aid and strategic inward investments are shaping the world, not just the UK. 

  • Technology futures. How the development, ownership and regulation of platform technologies that underpin future economic growth and innovation are being influenced. 

  • Chinese foreign policy. The effects of “Belt and Road”, China’s main objectives, and where these align or clash with ours.  How to understand Chinese soft power as well as hard power.

The group is being launched by Tom Tugendhat MP, Neil O’Brien MP, Dehenna Davison MP, Anthony Browne MP, Laura Trott MP, Kevin Hollinrake MP, Alicia Kearns MP, Andrew Bowie MP and Damian Green MP.

The CRG aims to promote understanding, leading to fresh thinking about issues raised by the rise of China, and provide a trustworthy source of news and informed knowledge on China issues. It aims to promote greater debate about the huge challenges thrown up by the way China competes in the world.

The new group is not anti-China and will also explore opportunities to engage with and work with the Chinese people, companies and government. The main aim of the group is to raise the level of understanding of issues relating to China.

The new group will aim to inform the debate on the rise of China by holding public seminars, and inviting leading thinkers and politicians from across the West to Westminster.

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