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Temstar

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I want to stress that when I talk about the challenges of China, it is important that we ... should be vigilant ... I think we need to be very vigilant about what’s happening with our critical national infrastructure and about the protection of our data and cyber space, and we are, but I don’t want this country or this government to lurch into a position of sort of unthinking Sinophobia.
Bit of an interesting tone, one wonders if this and the recent BBC report from Beijing are all related. Perhaps they judged that CAI wouldn't go ahead and the fact that it did is making them worried.
 

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Bit of an interesting tone, one wonders if this and the recent BBC report from Beijing are all related. Perhaps they judged that CAI wouldn't go ahead and the fact that it did is making them worried.
BoJo fucked up, and he's got no-one else to blame but himself; had he stayed the course and grown some balls, the UK would not be facing dereliction and irrelevance.

As it is, Frankfurt and Paris would be more than happy to take London's role as financial capital of the world.
 

Crang

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As it is, Frankfurt and Paris would be more than happy to take London's role as financial capital of the world.
Not going to happen. They don't speak English, and the laws there are not as business friendly as English law. If you don't speak English, then your country better needs to be as powerful as China to become a financial capital of the world.
 

hashtagpls

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Not going to happen. They don't speak English, and the laws there are not as business friendly as English law. If you don't speak English, then your country better needs to be as powerful as China to become a financial capital of the world.
Surely the Swiss and other financial tax havens like Luxembourg and Monaco would be more than happy to take London's business.

The fact is that the FVEYEs must be crippled financially so that they can no longer wage war against China.
 

emblem21

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Surely the Swiss and other financial tax havens like Luxembourg and Monaco would be more than happy to take London's business.

The fact is that the FVEYEs must be crippled financially so that they can no longer wage war against China.
If the USA goes, the rest of the eyes will go as well since the USA as of now, is literally bankrupt and is quite frankly printing money just to barely survive. But sooner or later, the options will eventually run out
 

plawolf

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Surely the Swiss and other financial tax havens like Luxembourg and Monaco would be more than happy to take London's business.

The fact is that the FVEYEs must be crippled financially so that they can no longer wage war against China.
China could and should use its financial muscle to encourage a mass migration of financial and other professionals services out of London. Or better still, use very thinly veiled threats of doing so as a means to put a leash on the British and rip them out of Five Eyes.

One of the key reasons that London was such a successful financial centre was because the UK was part of the EU. The EU is to Britain what China is to HK. Without the draw of the massive EU internal market, precisely what is the point of setting up shop in the UK?

The key advantage the UK offered was being an English speaking member of the EU, but they are not the only English speaking EU member. Ireland is right next door, and has a proven history of being very pro-Business (so much so the EU commission took them to court).

If China came knocking with an offer of the century to make Dublin the new London, or if they really want to stick the knife in, they can propose to make any of the secondary towns or cities on the Northern Ireland boarder the new Financial centre. That will then serve as a huge new source of wealth and employment, which the Irish government could easily make fully accessible to citizens from Northern Ireland, and I think you can see where this is going. Such a move will prompt a mass migration of financial and other professional services out of London to Ireland and Northern Ireland, while also massively strengthening the possibility of Irish reunification.
 

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