Can History Explain Current China Tensions?

Can History Explain Current China Tensions?

BBC Newsnight’s Mark Urban, economist Linda Yueh and China expert Rana Mitter examine how we can use history as a guide to better understand China’s actions and attitudes towards the West. Much has been made of the sensitive nature of the Sino-British relationship, given recent tensions over whether China can be trusted with sensitive infrastructure projects in the U.K. But little is known about the extensive history between the two nations, which includes both friendly periods, such as China’s status as a crucial ally against Japan in World War II, and periods of significant tension dating back to the Opium Wars. How can the history of British-Chinese relations help us understand current geopolitical tensions over the coronavirus pandemic? And how can we use history as a guide to better understand China’s actions and attitudes towards the West? Discussion participants do not represent the views of Imperial War Museums.