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President Xi has faced criticism during the coronavirus pandemic as countries have called for an inquiry into how it began. Lord Patten explained countries need to hold China to account and force it to follow its word. Mr Patten was the last Governor of Hong Kong from 1992 to 1997. He was also Chairman of the Conservative Party from 1990 to 1992.
Speaking to Sky News, Lord Patten said: “Things went alright in Hong Kong for 13 to 14 years after we left. What has changed is Xi Jinping.
“Xi Jinping is a very different sort of dictator and he is one that wants to export what he thinks is China’s power.
“He has broken his word all over the place to President Obama over the South China Sea that’s why he’s bullying Taiwan and that’s why he’s trying to bury the Uyghurs in Xinjiang.
“That’s why he was bullying the Australians the other day because they wanted an inquiry into how the coronavirus started.
“After all the assurances from China and he threatened them with trade sanctions.
“We have to work together in dealing with China.
“I’m saying we have to end our relationship. You can’t end your relationship with a country however unpleasant its regime which is responsible for 1.4billion people.
“But you have to ensure that if you reach an agreement with them that they stick to them otherwise you’re dust.”
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