The Bishop of St Albans received the following written answers on 25th January 2023:
The Lord Bishop of St Albans asked His Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implications of China’s Belt and Road Initiative on countries in the Horn of Africa.
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Con): China is an important source of aid, finance and investment for many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including in the Horn of Africa. This includes activity under the Belt and Road Initiative. We are working with partners including the G7 to ensure low and middle income countries have an alternative to strategic dependence on China or any other country. The UK offers wide-ranging partnerships to African countries that support a freer, safer, healthier, greener and more prosperous continent. Through British Investment Partnerships, we are providing honest, reliable investment that creates jobs, boosts economic growth and draws countries closer to major free-market democracies.
The Lord Bishop of St Albans asked His Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of China regarding the independence of Hong Kong’s judicial system.
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: The preservation of Hong Kong’s independent judiciary was promised by China under the terms of the Sino-British Joint Declaration. As a co-signatory, we will continue to hold China to the international obligations it freely entered into.
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