Chair of the APPCG on missing Hong Kong bookseller Lee Bo

Richard Graham, MP for Gloucester and Chair of the APPCG, released the followed statement on the disappearance of Hong Kong bookseller Lee Bo:

“News that British passport holder and Hong Kong resident Lee Bo is reported missing last week, following the recent disappearance of four other employees of Mighty Current publishing house in Hong Kong, is of real concern.

I hope that the Hong Kong and mainland authorities will co-operate with our Consulate General to find Mr Lee and ensure the safety of British citizens in Hong Kong.

I support the Foreign Secretary’s call for any charges against British residents in Hong Kong to be heard in Hong Kong.

I will raise this at lunch with Chinese Ambassador Liu Xiaoming on Monday.

An APPCG delegation to Hong Kong at the end of January will also raise both Mr Lee’s case and the wider issues of treatment of residents, freedom of press and the rule of law during their visit.

Meanwhile I hope Mr Lee returns home safely soon.”

Richard Graham MP
Chair of the All Party Parliamentary China Group

Deepening Engagement with a Rising China – Richard Graham MP

This is a cross-post from October’s issue of “China Report”, in which Richard Graham, MP for Gloucester and APPCG Chair, was interviewed by the Editor.

Richard Graham, the Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary China Group in the United Kingdom, talks to our reporter in his constituency of Gloucester.

ChinaReport: How do you think Xi Jinping’s state visit will impact the Sino-British relationship?

Richard Graham: I think it’s a very important visit, both for President Xi Jinping and for the United Kingdom. I’m personally very much looking forward to welcoming him to Parliament, and to being there with him at the state banquet at Buckingham Palace. I think the big picture is we do now have a strategic partnership with China. This is particularly important at a time when China is exporting capital and growing its global footprint. And the very open nature of the British economy means there are opportunities for China to invest in sectors here which would be difficult perhaps for her to do elsewhere in the West. We need China’s investment, particularly in our infrastructure and energy sectors, and so I really welcome this visit, which I’m sure will see some important agreements signed while Xi Jinping is here in the UK.

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China Politics Update (British Embassy, Beijing) – October 2015

The proposal for the new Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) has been approved by the Central Committee of the Communist Party at the Plenum held on 26–29 Oct. The Plan has been focused on realizing the objective of ‘comprehensively constructing a moderately prosperous society by the year 2020’. Innovation is put in a central position in national development. ‘…let innovation penetrate into all Party and state work, and let innovation become common practice in all of society.’ stated the Communiqué of the Plenum. China will also persist in ‘green development’ by reducing resource use and protecting the environment. All environmental protection agencies under provincial levels will conduct vertical management for air, water and soil protection. To achieve national development goals, the Central Committee has pledged to put forward the anti-corruption drive, establish systems and mechanisms so people don’t dare to be corrupt, cannot be corrupt and don’t want to be corrupt.

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Anything Is Possible With China – by Richard Graham MP

This is a cross-post from the website of Richard Graham, MP for Gloucester and APPCG Chair, and was also distributed in the Tuesday 20 October 2015 Times Red Box.

As part of the government’s new strategic partnership with China, this week Xi Jinping becomes the first Chinese President to address parliamentarians in the House of Lords. There will be many keen to criticise a relationship where the two countries have such different values. But success with China often comes against the odds.

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China Politics Update (British Embassy, Beijing) – September 2015

A major military parade was held in Beijing on 3 Sep to mark the end of World War II. More than 30 foreign government officials and heads of state including Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye attended the event. Around 12,000 troops and 200 aircraft, as well as tanks and missiles, were on display in Tiananmen Square. President Xi Jinping announced that the army would be cut by 300,000 personnel, a move expected to be finalised by 2017.

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The Way Forward With China – by Richard Graham MP

This is a cross-post from the website of Richard Graham, MP for Gloucester and APPCG Chair.

I’ve just come back leading a delegation of Conservative and Labour MPs to three cities in China as Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary China Group. Meanwhile Chancellor George Osborne led a team of ministers there at the same time. What’s it all about and why are we spending so much effort on China?

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China Politics Update (British Embassy, Beijing) – August 2015

A huge explosion rocked the city of Tianjin in northwest China (about 126 km from Beijing) on 12 August. It occurred in a warehouse which reportedly stored 3000 tonnes of toxic chemicals. The blasts killed at least 159 people and injured hundreds more, leaving the port area of the city in ruins. So far 12 people suspected of being involved in the explosions have been detained. Premier Li Keqiang made a visit to the scene of the explosions on 16th August. The Supreme People’s Procuratorate announced on the same day that it had begun to investigate whether any dereliction of duty was the cause for the explosions. The head of China’s work safety watchdog was later sacked for suspected “serious breaches of law and discipline”.

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City of London: China Financial Weekly Report

Highlights of the week

BOCI Securities Limited becomes first HK member in London Stock Exchange

London Stock Exchange (LSE) Thursday announced it welcomes BOCI Securities Limited as its first member from Hong Kong, China.

New yuan channels to widen funding sources

Cross-border loan services to help lower finance costs for more domestic, overseas companies.

China selling treasury bonds for 40b yuan

The Chinese Ministry of Finance will sell two batches of treasury bonds for a total of 40 billion yuan ($6.5 billion) in August, it announced Wednesday.

Park to open to foreign backers

Foreign venture capital firms will soon be allowed to invest directly in startup companies in Shanghai’s Zhangjiang High-Tech Park, a local official said yesterday.

China becomes one of top five export markets for Britain

China has emerged as the fourth largest export market for Britain in the past year, analysis of Britain’s government trade figures has revealed.

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China Politics Update (British Embassy, Beijing) – July 2015

President Xi Jinping travelled to Russian city of Ufa 8 – 10 July for summits of the BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Xi urged the five BRICS nations jointly to address global issues, promote common development and advance economic governance. Xi also pointed out that all parties should implement initiatives such as the New Development Bank of BRICS nations and Contingent Reserve Arrangement to demonstrate BRICS nations’ ability to deliver change. During the SCO summit, Xi signed a document with SCO leaders which will start accession procedures for India and Pakistan. The declaration also flagged a potential Development Bank and Development Fund within the SCO.

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