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Following the visit of the Chinese Vice-Premier to the UK (9-12 January), the signing of over 2.6 billion worth of trade deals between UK and China and the apparent neglect of raising human rights issues during the visit, Tibet Society is calling upon its members and supporters to write to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Trade and Investment Minister Lord Green and raise questions regarding the British government's policy when entering trade negotiations with China.

Take Action
Please write to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Trade and Investment Minister Lord Green, asking the following questions:
  • When engaging with China on trade matters, what consideration is given to human rights, civil rights and corporate social responsibility?
  • What assurances are received, when contracts involve Tibetan areas of the PRC, that the indigenous Tibetan population are consulted and given fair and equal opportunities that will enable them to benefit from such investments?
  • Has the British government instigated any measures or benchmarks to ensure that China improves its human rights record, instigate democratic processes and implement a fair and just legal system?

Addresses:
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg
70 Whitehall
London SW1A 2AS
or send a message via the Deputy Prime Minister's website.

Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint
Minister of State for Trade and Investment
Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
1 Victoria Street
London SW1H 0ET
or send a message via the BIS Department website (ensure your address your message to Lord Green).


Further Reading
Tibet Society: Press release - British government must stop pandering to China (11 Jan)
Independent: Editorial - The benefits and dangers of a closer relationship (11 Jan)
Telegraph: Business deals overshadowed by China's panda gift (11 Jan)
Guardian: Giant pandas from China help seal new business deals with UK (10 Jan)
BBC: David Cameron in trade push during Chinese talks (10 Jan)
AFP: Trade deals and pandas after Britain-China talks (10 Jan)
Channel 4: How China's number three man gets his information (9 Jan)

Profile of Vice Premier Li Keqiang on chineseleaders.org (note this website is overseen by International Tibet Network, of which Tibet Society is a member)

 
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