‘Absolutely!’ Overwhelming majority admit huge fear at China’s growing global influence

In January, the Government approved a limited role for Chinese company, Huawei to build some of the UK’s 5G network. The decision has caused controversy within the Commons with Tory MPs such as Tom Tugendhat and Iain Duncan-Smith criticising the Chinese government. With that in mind, Express.co.uk, asked: ‘Are you worried about China’s growing influence across the globe?’

In response, 8,249 out of 8,721 admitted they were worried about China’s growing influence.

A further 410 responded 'no', while just 62 were not sure.

One person said: “Absolutely worried about their influence and control.

“We have seen how they operate and frankly I, personally don't wish any part of them.

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“I check everything I buy now and if it's made in China, I don't.”

Another said: “Yes absolutely this pandemic is very worrying it didn’t happen by accident there will be a lot of questions to be answered by China.”

A third said: “China has been gradually taking over the world for the last 30 years.

“It owns more land globally than any other country and is virtually the only manufacturer as all other nations have given up trying to compete.”

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“It’s very important for data to be shared fully when a worldwide pandemic arrives.

“These are obvious and immediate implications although they have to be acted on further.

“But in my view, this crisis reinforces the case for two major pillars to be established for western policies towards China.”

Mr Tugendhat, who is also the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee accused Beijing of "cover-ups".

The MP has called for a probe due to the false information allegedly pushed by the Chinese government.

He said: “We need an international investigation into the COVID-19 epidemic.
“It has already cost too many lives and will take many more.

“We cannot allow cover-ups or lies to put us all at risk. Even now, false data from Beijing is undermining our ability to respond.”

He was also supported by the Defence Select Committee chairman, Tobias Ellwood who called for an investigation to be established.

China has also been accused of pushing misinformation of the current crisis according to the latest report from the EU.

According to a report published by the European External Action Service, claimed both China and Russia had fuelled information which stated the EU was on the verge in the collapse.

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