In a report on Friday, an article from Britain’s The Times newspaper stated, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has instructed civil servants to draw up plans to end the UK’s reliance on China for vital medical supplies and other strategic imports.
The development comes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The plans, codenamed ‘Project Defend’, includes identifying Britain’s main economic vulnerabilities which are vulnerable to hostile foreign governments. They are part of a broader new approach to national security, said the report while adding that the efforts are being led by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.
According to the report which cites a source, two working groups have been set up as part of the project, whose one objective is to diversify supply lines and no longer depend on individual countries for non-food essentials.
Johnson has also told British lawmakers that he would take steps to protect Britain’s technological base.