UK PM Johnson: Sometimes we need to challenge what China is up to

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at a news conference during a NATO summit in Madrid, Spain June 30, 2022. REUTERS/Yves Herman

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LONDON, June 30 (Reuters) - Britain and the West need to ensure it has balance in its dealings with China and is willing to stand up to Beijing where necessary, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday.

"We have a huge economic relationship with China ... but at the same time we've got to understand that there are areas in which we need to compete, contest and sometimes challenge what China is up to," Johnson said in a news conference at the NATO summit in Madrid.

"What we're doing around the world is making sure that we have that balance and that we stand up to China wherever is necessary."

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Reporting by Muvija M, Writing by Kylie MacLellan; editing by William James

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