mandag 15. juni 2020

Hong Kong and Britain’s China Reset

In recent years, many Chinese visitors to London have used the great clock of Big Ben as the background to a romantic photograph. Women in white wedding dresses pose beside their besuited husbands. Behind them, next to Big Ben, stand the famous buildings that the British like to regard as the “cradle of democracy” – the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Tourists are not usually invited inside the parliamentary estate, although MPs offer free tours to visitors. The public are also encouraged to watch debates or attend committees.

At present, Big Ben is shrouded in scaffolding for repair and political life has been disrupted by coronavirus. Yet by June this year, MPs had returned to the Commons in person or online — and China had risen to near the top of the political agenda, largely due to the situation in Hong Kong.