Hong Kong exposes the UK’s lack of China policy and risks of its position

Protests erupting in Hong Kong have not only served to underscore tensions between the city and the mainland – they have also highlighted the UK’s lack of a blueprint to deal with China.

Demonstrators keep calling for Britain to pressure Beijing to uphold its end of an agreement inked when the former colony was returned to Chinese rule, which guaranteed the city’s way of life would remain.

Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary, has made noises to that effect – warning China of “serious consequences” if it fails to abide by the Sino-British Joint Declaration as Beijing has called it a historic document with no present significance.

But the fact remains that Mr Hunt – and the nation – remains rather…

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