In the weeks leading up to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first state visit to the United States last month, Washington was talking openly about the possibility of imposing sanctions on Chinese entities responsible for launching cyber attacks – a sign it would not be prepared to paper over differences.
In the lead-up to Mr Xi’s visit to Britain this week, the message could not have been more different.
Said Ms Yun Sun, senior associate with the East Asia Programme at the Stimson Centre: “If the UK’s policy transpires into a different strategic alignment choice of the country in the long run, which I don’t think it will, it will be problematic… Allies have differences all the time, but their shared values and common interests are the anchors of the alliance. That has not changed in the case of US-UK relations.”
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