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Lewis Lukens told Sky News that the US President is keen to have the UK at the side of America as they take on China regarding a number of global issues. Mr Lukens stated that the latest talks between Britain and the US have been on the subject of tackling the global threat posed by China rather than the bilateral trade agreement that is being negotiated between the two nations. 

Mr Lukens said: “The President has had a real pressure campaign on Boris Johnson to cut ties with Huawei.

“He was initially disappointed when the Prime Minister did not go far enough.

“He will now be very happy with the latest decision to cut dies over the next few years.

“He will continue wanting to have the UK by the US’ side as we pressure China on human rights, technology and other global issues where the US has been up against China.”

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He added: “They will be focused on these global threats rather than the bilateral trade agreement that is being negotiated right now.”

Last month George Osborne warned that tensions between China and the West could spell “unthinkable tragedy”.

The former Chancellor told Amol Rajan’s ‘Rethink: The Edge of Change’ that Western countries and America must decide whether to implement a containment policy against China or give them the seat at the world table their status deserves.

Mr Osborne warned that choosing to attempt to contain China could result in a new Cold War.  

  

“You call them out when they are wrong such as on Hong Kong but also understand their legitimate desire and right for a place at the world table that reflects their size and importance in the world.

“That cooperation strategy seems to be the best way to deal with this rising power.

“The alternative is really unthinkable.

“Arguably with all these challenges we have got about, coronavirus, climate change, if we are heading into another Cold War between the United States and China that is going to dominate our lives and make solutions to these other problems simply impossible.”


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