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Friday, May 22, 2020

Project "Defend" for The Brave New Post Covid World

Covid has focussed minds on the reliability, or otherwise, of global supply chains. It should therefore come as no surprise to learn the the government is looking to future proof the UK's supply chains in a post Covid world.

Reuters reports that Boris Johnson has instructed civil servants to make plans to end UK's reliance on China for vital medical supplies and other strategic imports in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

The plans, which have been code named ‘Project Defend’, include identifying Britain’s main economic vulnerabilities to potentially hostile foreign governments as part of a broader new approach to national security, the newspaper reported, adding that the efforts are being led by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

Two working groups have been set up as part of the project, according to the report, with one source telling The Times that the aim was to diversify supply lines to no longer depend on individual countries for non-food essentials.

The question is, will this put the kibosh on the Huawei deal?


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