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China's National Security Threats to UK Highlighted in Parliamentary Report

  • Posted on July 14, 2023
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  • By Sakshi Gupta
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A recent report by the UK Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) has shed light on the national security threats posed by China, accusing the government of having an "inadequate" approach to dealing with the issue. The report stated that China has aggressively targeted the United Kingdom due to London's failure to develop an effective strategy to address the situation.


According to the ISC report, China has managed to infiltrate "every sector" of the UK's economy. The report criticized the Conservative government for not recognizing the gravity of the situation and failing to allocate sufficient resources to combat China's "whole-of-state" approach.


The report highlighted the challenges in detecting China's engagement, influence, and interference activities, emphasizing that the government may not have been actively searching for such threats previously. It revealed that intelligence agencies primarily focused on covert Chinese activities and did not perceive themselves as responsible for countering Chinese interference within the UK.


A parliamentary report highlights China's national security threats to the UK, emphasizing the need for a more effective strategy to address the issue.
China's national security threats to the UK

The report also expressed concern over China's alleged involvement in academia, targeting of industry and technology, as well as its impact on the UK's critical national infrastructure. These issues underscore the urgent need for a more robust and comprehensive approach to safeguarding national security.


UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak acknowledged the government's efforts to reduce reliance on Chinese technology and prevent interference. He expressed a desire for "open" and "constructive" relations with China but acknowledged that more needs to be done.


A parliamentary report highlights China's national security threats to the UK, emphasizing the need for a more effective strategy to address the issue.
A parliamentary report highlights China's national security threats to the UK, emphasizing the need for a more effective strategy to address the issue.(Photo/Agencies)

The parliamentary report serves as a wake-up call, emphasizing the urgent requirement for the UK government to address China's aggressive actions and develop a more effective strategy to safeguard national security interests. It calls for greater resource allocation and heightened vigilance to counter China's multifaceted approach, which poses a significant threat to the UK's economic and strategic interests.


As the UK navigates this complex landscape, it becomes imperative for policymakers to prioritize national security and actively collaborate with intelligence agencies, industry experts, and international partners to mitigate the risks associated with China's activities.


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