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The growing backlash to Chinese power

As China presses ahead with its controversial Belt and Road initiative, international attitudes towards the country harden

By Shashank Joshi  

Theresa May with Chinese President Xi Jinping during her recent trip to Beijing. Photo: Liu Weibing/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Theresa May returned from her January trip to Beijing on a sour note. Her visit is part of a larger pattern of hardening European attitudes towards China’s economic and geopolitical ambitions.

Officials in the UK and China have spent recent years heralding a supposed “golden age.” In March 2015, George Osborne and David Cameron took the surprise decision to make the UK a founding member of the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment…

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