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If we want China to be on board with a post-Brexit “global Britain,” we need to display some cultural awareness

Gavin Williamson's warship blunder wasn't just foolish—it failed to recognise China's sensitivity about the UK

By George Magnus  

The diplomatic riff caused by defence Secretary Gavin Williamson's comments will blow over—but we should still learn from it. Photo: Pa

Philip Hammond’s trip to China to talk trade has been torpedoed. It was supposed to be an important visit, bearing in mind the UK’s precarious commercial outlook in the wake of Brexit.

But China cancelled his meeting with Party Vice Chairman Hu Chunhua, following Defence Minister Gavin Williamson’s speech in which he announced that HMS Queen Elizabeth, one of the UK’s two new aircraft carriers, would be sent…

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