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Rishi Sunak has conceded that “further investment” is needed to help the UK government combat the challenge that China poses to Britain’s security, prosperity and values.

The admission came on Thursday in a 48-page government response to a landmark July report by parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee, which had said Britain’s approach to China’s spying operations as “completely inadequate”.

The government also acknowledged there was more work to be done to tackle “Chinese recruitment schemes” that have tried to “headhunt” Britons with sensitive knowledge and experience in government, the military and industry.

Sunak said in a written statement that he was “acutely aware” of
the “threat to our open and democratic way of life”, pointing to
recent legislation ministers have brought forward, including the
National Security Act.

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