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UK to Offer to Work With Allies to Combat 'Unfair Behaviour' of China-Backed Firms, Report Says

© AFP 2022 / OLI SCARFFConservative politician Liz Truss, who served as Environment Secretary under David Cameron, arrives at 10 Downing Street in central London on July 14, 2016 as cabinet appointments by new prime minister Theresa May are expected on her first full day in office
Conservative politician Liz Truss, who served as Environment Secretary under David Cameron, arrives at 10 Downing Street in central London on July 14, 2016 as cabinet appointments by new prime minister Theresa May are expected on her first full day in office - Sputnik International
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The Davos summit convened on Monday, 25 January, in a virtual format for the first time in its 50-year history, striving to work out ways to reshape the global economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Britain will offer to work with it close allies, namely the European Union, Japan, and the US, to crack down on what it dubs "unfair behaviour" by Chinese state-owned firms, the country’s trade minister, Liz Truss, is expected to tell the World Economic Forum on Friday, media reported citing extracts from the top official's upcoming speech.

"We want action on subsidies and state-owned enterprises, which can undermine genuine free trade and have to stop being used unfairly - that means being more consistent in enforcing our current system, and bringing in new rules", Truss will reportedly note.

More specifically, she is expected to call on British partners to take “decisive action on cheats and bad actors in global trade".

Politico reported earlier this month that the UK is seeking common ground that might guarantee good ties with Washington over the next four years, so that they arrive at an effective joint front against those Chinese policies deemed malign by some western nations. Members of the new Biden administration have already notably warned that some aspects of its policy towards China will not be in any way different from that of President Trump: Washington is understood to still cherish plans to confront Beijing on a number of trade issues. 

© Photo : Matti BlumeHuawei
UK to Offer to Work With Allies to Combat 'Unfair Behaviour' of China-Backed Firms, Report Says - Sputnik International
Huawei

As a prominent example in this regard, the United Kingdom has already moved to prohibit telecom firms in the country from installing equipment by the Chinese tech giant Huawei in 5G networks, with the measure due to be effective from September 2021. The decision came after London had a change of heart on the matter following pressure from the Trump administration.

This Year's Davos

The global economic rebound after the end of the pandemic is the key burning issue being discussed at the World Economic Forum this week.

© REUTERS / Arnd WiegmannFlags of different countries fly at the congress centre at the Promenade street as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Davos, Switzerland January 22, 2021
UK to Offer to Work With Allies to Combat 'Unfair Behaviour' of China-Backed Firms, Report Says - Sputnik International
Flags of different countries fly at the congress centre at the Promenade street as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Davos, Switzerland January 22, 2021

The online gathering is formally titled "Crucial Year to Rebuild Trust" and focuses among other pressing issues on COVID-19 vaccination programmes, climate change, and post-COVID employment.

The forum kicked off on 25 January and Friday, 29 January, is its closing day.

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