Foreign secretary also under pressure to criticise erosion of human rights in Hong Kong

Jeremy Hunt will arrive in China for his first major overseas trip as foreign secretary, seeking to revitalise the golden era in Anglo-Chinese relations started by David Cameron, but under pressure to warn Chinese leaders to end the erosion of human rights in Hong Kong.

Hunt, who inherited the trip from his predecessor, Boris Johnson, will want a surefooted start as European countries try to reassure Chinese leaders they are right to engage with multilateral institutions despite the erratic and often unilateral behaviour of the US president, notably his withdrawal of the US from the UN climate change treaty.

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