International Trade Committee

UK trade with China

Inquiry status: Concluded

Due to the general election on 12 December 2019 the Committee has now closed this inquiry. Following the dissolution of Parliament on 6 November, all Select Committees will cease to exist until after the general election. If an inquiry on this subject is held in the future, the Committee may refer to the evidence already gathered as part of this inquiry.

Scope of the inquiry

The inquiry will examine the UK's trade and investment relationship with China and aims to identify the current opportunities, challenges and risks associated with UK-China trade, as well as those likely to emerge in the future.

Terms of Reference

The Committee invites submissions on some or all of the following questions:

  • How should the UK approach its trade and investment relationship with China? What opportunities does the relationship present, and what challenges and risks are involved?
  • What are the main barriers to trade and investment between China and the UK at present and how might these be addressed?
  • Should the UK seek a post-Brexit trade and/or investment agreement with China? What other initiatives should the UK government pursue to facilitate trade and investment between the UK and China?
  • Does the Department for International Trade provide adequate support and expertise to UK companies wishing to export to and invest in China, as well as those currently operating in China?
  • To what extent does the Belt and Road Initiative present opportunities and/or risks to UK businesses?
  • How should human rights, security, and environmental concerns shape the UK’s trade policy in respect of China?

Next meeting(s)

There are currently no public meetings scheduled.


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