Britain toughens stance on China as it eyes U.S.



Charlie Cooper | Politico

LONDON — Forget a post-Brexit trade deal with China — some now think a trade war is more likely.

The “golden era” in U.K.-China relations heralded by former Chancellor George Osborne in 2015 remained a go-to soundbite during the Theresa May era. Mired in talks with Brussels on the U.K.’s extraction from the EU, the optics of post-Brexit Britain reaching out to the world’s great rising power was invoked by the former prime minister to help London burnish its new “global” credentials.