Prince Andrew is keen to show belief in Chinese business Security concerns have engulfed Chinese technology giant Huawei to such an extent that Prince Charles’s charity refused to accept any new donations from the firm. His younger brother Prince Andrew, however, is keen to show he still believes in Chinese business. I learn that the Duke of York is to visit the far-flung cities of Beijing and Shenzhen and the province of Fujian — a round trip of nearly 3,000 miles — next week to host a beano for his [email protected] project. At the bash, budding Chinese entrepreneurs will try to win financial backing for their business schemes. ‘It’s an interesting strategy to shun the Chinese on one hand, then court them on the other,’ remarks one royal watcher. Prince Andrew, who stepped down as overseas trade envoy in 2011 after a string of controversies, has spent years trying to improve relations with the Communist regime and has visited China several times. A Buckingham Palace spokesman tells me: ‘HRH has been a regular visitor to China since his first visit in April 2004 and continues to help further the relationship between the two countries since President Xi’s state visit to… Read full this story
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