Why is this Tory minister writing propaganda for the Chinese dictatorship?

Originally published on Left Foot Forward 21/03/2017.

China Daily is not a real newspaper - MPs should boycott it.

Members of parliament should steer clear of the propaganda pumped out by oppressive regimes. Fortunately, more often than not, MPs are rightly condemned when they give such outlets legitimacy.
Sadly, this doesn’t appear to be the case when a foreign minister – in this case, Alok Sharma MP, Foreign Office Minister for Asia and the Pacific – writes for China Daily...

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