Foreign Affairs Committee: Inquiry

East Asia

The Committee announced its inquiry into East Asia on 17 November 2005. The inquiry set out to examine the emergence of the People's Republic of China (PRC) as a regional power and its impact on the international system, and sought to assess British policy in this context.

Issues addressed by the Committee included:

  • The growing political and economic prominence of the PRC in international affairs.

  • The balance of security in the region, including relations with Japan and the USA.

  • Political and religious freedoms and human rights in the PRC, including the situation in Tibet and Xinjiang.

  • Human rights and political freedoms in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

  • The dispute over the status of Taiwan.

  • The question of security and stability on the Korean peninsula.

  • The roles of the United Kingdom and the European Union in the region.

During the course of the inquiry five evidence sessions were held.

The Committee's Report on East Asia was published on Sunday 13 August 2006. The Government Reponse to the Committee's Report was published by the FCO on 17 October.

Evidence sessions held
Predecessor Committee publications