Somebody said recently – either on This Blog or in a Parliamentary debate – that Labour’s foreign policy is written by Russia and China. It seems China would argue that this is not true.

Against the wishes of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Jeremy Corbyn has announced his intention to raise the issue of human rights in China during a state visit to the UK, which starts on Tuesday.

The Conservative leader, David Cameron, would never dream of doing anything of the sort, it seems. But then, his party is trying to forge business deals with China, and couldn’t care less about human rights – that’s why Cameron wants to scrap them in the UK.

So who’s really in China’s pocket?

China’s ambassador to the UK says his country does not “shy away” from discussing human rights – but doubts Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will raise the issue at next week’s state banquet.

Liu Xiaoming said President Xi Jinping’s state visit would focus on “partnership” and “co-operation” between the two countries.

The state visit, the first from China since 2005, begins on Tuesday.

Mr Corbyn’s spokesman has said he will use the visit to discuss human rights.

He is due to have a private meeting with the Chinese president, and has not ruled out using a state banquet at Buckingham Palace to make his case.

Source: China state visit: President ‘won’t shy’ from human rights record – BBC News

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