Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Tom Tugendhat is a British politician who has served in parliament since 2015 as a member of the ruling Conservative party. He is currently chairman of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee, a group of MPs who scrutinize the U.K.’s foreign policy, similar to the way in which U.S. congressional committees operate. Tom also co-founded the China Research Group, a think tank within parliament set up to consider the long-term challenges posed by China’s rise. He and the CRG were among several British figures who recently had sanctions imposed on them by China, after the U.K. had earlier joined other nations in placing sanctions on Chinese officials involved with Beijing’s policy towards Xinjiang. Tom previously served as a lieutenant colonel in the British Army and was the military assistant to the Chief of the Defence Staff. What follows is a lightly edited Q&A. Tom Tugendhat.Illustration by Kate Copeland Q: You dedicated most of your younger life Subscribe, register or login to read the rest. Registered users can access a limited amount of content for free.Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.