Human rights and trade – a tricky combination.
China faces international condemnation for its treatment of the Muslim minority in Xinjiang province, where the United Nations have documented evidence that Uighurs are locked up in camps, forcibly sterilised, deprived of their religious rights, prevented from travelling and holding certain jobs.
Governments are calling out China but they’re wary of triggering a full trade spat because there’s a lot at stake. China is the centre of gravity of the world economy; opportunity and growth come from there.
In 2019, the total value of UK exports to China was more than £30 million, and China was the UK’s sixth-largest export market. The rest of Europe and the US are similarly grappling with the question of whether it should hitch its economic future to a country that doesn’t share its values.
Can forced labor and the trampling of civil rights ever be tolerated in the name of stability and security?
Join us for an important discussion on this issue.
Matthew Turner – Chair and Executive Director, Labour Campaign for Human Rights
Chair: Richard Burge, Chief Executive at London Chamber of Commerce and Industry
*more speakers to be confirmed shortly