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West ‘Reaping the Whirlwind’ for Policy of Kowtowing to China

Former Conservative Party leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith has said the West is “reaping the whirlwind” for a policy of kowtowing to China and allowing supply chains to become dependant on the communist country.

“There are a whole range of problems with China that grow and grow the more we feed it,” the MP told Maajid Nawaz on LBC on Sunday.

“[Kowtowing] is what the West has essentially been doing now for some time, and now we’re beginning to reap the whirlwind,” he said, pointing not just to the present crisis with the Chinese coronavirus, but with the Chinese Communist Party’s unchallenged persecution of Christians and Muslim Uyghurs, the oppression of Tibet, and territory-grabbing in the South China Sea.

Sir Iain said that China largely dismisses criticism because “they know the West is not going to do anything about it because the West is so desperate. Our telephones, our computers, even the plastic bottles that dispense the hand wash — low and high technology are now completely locked into China.”

Sir Iain told Nawaz: “I question the lack of diversity and this dependence we have on China. Is it not time to have this as a wake-up call and say, ‘I’m sorry, but we should have some strategic production, absolutely, in the West.'

Alluding to the ongoing security concerns of allowing Chinese firm Huawei to build Britain’s 5G network, he continued: “Our telecoms stuff is nearly being taken over by them. These are strategic issues. Let’s stop trying to shrug and say, ‘We don’t want to say anything because we’re worried about what China will do,’ and start saying, ‘It’s not good enough.'
Despite China’s cover-up of the coronavirus in the early weeks of the pandemic, Europe now finds itself purchasing vast quantities of medical equipment from the very country that spawned the contagion.

Media reports that the United Kingdom, for example, is queuing up behind Italy, Russia, Mongolia, and Serbia for ventilators, with the British in need of 30,000 more to cope with the peak of the pandemic, expected in coming weeks.
There is also the issue that many of the masks and tests European countries have bought from China are faulty, despite being EU-certified in some cases.

At the report that Britain was buying ventilators from China, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said with incredulity: “I hear that the UK government are buying ventilators from China, yes China. Can this be true?”

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