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USA/UK/Defense – Britain inks $200 million contract with Team Tempest for future fighter jet (Defense News)

writes: The British Defence Ministry has signed a £250 million (U.S. $199 million) deal with Team Tempest, a group of companies working on the country’s future combat jet, to provide digital and physical infrastructure to develop the aircraft.

go to Defense News: Britain inks $200 million contract with Team Tempest for future fighter jet (defensenews.com)

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UK/Defense – British government to nationalize steel components maker in $3.54 million deal (Defense News)

writes: The British government plans to nationalize specialist steel components-maker Sheffield Forgemasters in order to protect the supply chain involving critical defense programs in the nuclear submarine and other sectors.

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UK – Structures of power and systems of exclusion (Al Jazeera)

Al Jazeera writes: In this episode of Generation Change, London-based journalist Iman Amrani meets two activists who are confronting the root causes of youth violence in the United Kingdom. At the age of 15, Athian Akec became a youth MP and put knife crime at the top of his political agenda. Temi Mwale founded the 4Front Project, an organisation that helps young people who have been affected by violence. Athian and Temi talk about the structural, political and social issues that are excluding many young people and can lead to violence.

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UK/China – London urged to provide impartial business environment to Chinese companies (Global Times)

Global Times writes: The UK government should effectively provide Chinese companies with an open, fair and non-discriminatory business environment, Zhao Lijian, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, said on Monday, after media reports said that London aims to remove China General Nuclear (CGN) from the country’s nuclear power projects.

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UK – Why the UK Treasury’s Obsession with Targets Is Damaging for Development (Center for Global Development)

Euan Ritchie writes for Center for Global Development: After deciding that the UK can only afford to spend around £10 billion in aid as a result of “difficult fiscal circumstances,” the UK Treasury is reportedly proposing further cuts to aid programmes solely to accommodate some unusual accounting items under the 0.5 aid percent target: the use of UK’s allocation of new Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) and debt relief on export credits extended to Sudan decades ago. These items do not adversely affect the UK’s fiscal position, and do not change the return on aid programmes, and so there is no economic or fiscal reason for them to lead to further cuts. Yet further cuts—potentially as much as £2 billion in 2022—would happen if the Treasury insisted on counting these items towards the target.

go to Center for Global Development: Why the UK Treasury’s Obsession with Targets Is Damaging for Development | Center For Global Development (cgdev.org)

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UK – New directions in innovation policy (Policy Exchange)

by Geoffrey Owen

Policy Exchange writes: This new paper by Policy Exchange’s Head of Industrial Strategy, Sir Geoffrey Owen, sets out how the U.K. can pursue a new direction in innovation policy.

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Can ‘Global Britain’ in Asia allay post-Brexit uncertainties with Europe? (East Asia Forum)

Carlo Bonura writes: Since May 2021, the United Kingdom has had significant success in its diplomacy in Asia and the Pacific. The acceptance of the United Kingdom’s application to become an ASEAN Dialogue Partner in May, the announcement of a UK–Australia free trade agreement and the inauguration of the UK bid to become a member of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) are all rapid achievements at the centre of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s recent Asian diplomacy push.

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(Europe/UK/Brexit/Northern Ireland) Von der Leyen rejects UK bid to reopen Irish protocol (Euractiv)

Benjamin Fox writes for Euractiv: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has insisted that the EU would not reopen the controversial Northern Ireland protocol, a key part of the Brexit agreement with the UK, just a day after Boris Johnson’s published a paper setting out its plans to renegotiate it

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(USA/UK) Joint Statement by Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen Commending the United Kingdom’s Anti-Corruption Sanctions (US Department of State)

The United States welcomes the United Kingdom’s announcement today to impose further sanctions under its Global Anti-Corruption Sanctions (GACS) regime, which is designed to fight corruption and illicit finance. We commend the UK’s actions today against four corrupt individuals already designated by the United States and a fifth whose U.S.-based assets purchased with corrupt proceeds were successfully forfeited in U.S. courts.

Corruption has a corrosive effect on society: it undermines democratic institutions, hinders economic development, drains the wealth of nations, and keeps people in poverty. The United States is committed to working with, and supporting, our partners and allies in the fight against corruption. Today’s action by the United Kingdom is an important step in this effort.

Sanctions regimes such as the UK’s GACS and the U.S. Global Magnitsky sanctions program promote accountability for corrupt actors and help limit their access to the international financial system. Effective implementation of our programs can break the cycle of poor governance and poverty sustained by corruption, while supporting global efforts to address systematic vulnerabilities.

The United States will continue working with the United Kingdom and other likeminded allies and partners to impose tangible and significant consequences on those who engage in corruption, as well as to protect the global financial system.

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