The end of the short 'Golden age' of Sino-British relations
Although the main — and dramatically step up — "fighting" against China are conducted from the ocean, this week a painful blow to Beijing was caused from the Old world.
The British government imposed a ban on the involvement of corporations Huawei in building the infrastructure of mobile communication of the fifth generation (5G) in the country. With the new year operators will have to withdraw from the purchase of the company's equipment and has already installed equipment will be dismantled by 2027.
The situation is especially unfortunate for China that in January, London adopted a compromise solution by limiting a 35 percent share of the company in the market of equipment 5G, as well as prohibiting its use on "sensitive" for national security objects. And at the end of June, Huawei received permission to build at Cambridge research centre in the field of optoelectronic devices, with an investment of billion pounds only in the first stage of the project.
However, events suddenly took the most unpleasant for the Chinese scenario. While London did not stop the obvious negative consequences of such a decision: the threat of digital gap of the country (postponement of the launch of the 5G for two or three years), the need to find additional funds (about two billion pounds) that will be taken out of the pocket of the British, the growth of tariffs for Internet access for the population and, as consequence, strengthening of social stratification, the question of availability of digital services.
Impression shot in the leg, and made the British authorities is not voluntary, is exacerbated by the context in which London looks pretty pathetic. His decision was accompanied by widespread tight-knit review that it was made under influence and pressure from the States.
Oil poured into the fire himself, Donald trump, who said that it is a merit of the US and him personally: "I have discouraged many countries from using it if they want to do business with us, they are unable to use it. As far as I know, today the UK announced that is not going to use it".
This statement, of course, has torn London, which quickly, within just a couple of hours, denied the words of the American President, assuring that it was his own decision.
The extent to which the authorities act according to their understanding, and to what — at the behest of Washington — debatable. Do not forget that the United Kingdom is really lacking of self-interest and the resulting tensions with Beijing. Right now particularly acute are the contradictions of Hong Kong: the British have not forgotten that it was returned to Beijing less than a quarter of a century ago.
But more interesting, rather different.
Just a few years ago it was discussed seriously the formation of strategic China-UK partnership, which, incarnated in the reality, could significantly affect the geopolitical situation in the world. The apotheosis of this process was triumphant — or not call — the visit of XI Jinping in the fall of 2015 to London, where he was received with Royal honors. Observers noted the underlined symbolism of every gesture of the host party, including dresses not just red, but the shade of the national flag of the PRC on the Duchess of Cambridge, who was sitting next to the Chinese leader at a reception in his honor.
However, the rituals did not stop. Were concluded trade and investment agreements worth more than 30 billion pounds, contributing to the creation of almost four thousand jobs.
The then British Prime Minister David Cameron called the coming "Golden era" of relations between the two countries.
Less than five years later, it became obvious that this era was very brief.
Now in the UK estimate the effects of measures against Huawei since the Corporation for many years actively invested in research and development work on the island, sponsored research activities at leading universities in the country. The same allowed for the construction of the research center was to help Cambridge to strengthen as a global innovation zone. Now his future, for obvious reasons, is extremely vague: it is not excluded that the authorities will play the permit on the project — if the Corporation won't do it.
The decision of the British really struck a painful blow by Huawei, and was another lesson for China (and the rest of the world) that relations with the West, you can never be sure. Any stability is only apparent, and even the most ambitious agreements can be easily revised when the change in the political wind.
The most insulting in all this history with Huawei and more generally in relations with China — that it is not in the strategic cunning of Britain.
More recently, the transformation that occurred in the relations between the two countries would explain the elaborate malicious Jesuitism island elite, who behind the scenes of international politics building the long-term scheme of manipulating the world in pursuit of their distant sinister purpose. The events of recent years, including a Brexit, dispelled these misconceptions, revealing the astonishing level of immediacy, lack of professionalism and "pluginhost" underlying the decisions and actions of the British statesmen.
But that does not help. On the contrary.
A fundamental failure of a number of key Western powers from strategic predictability and negotiability is quickly becoming one of the main not just problems and threats to peace.