MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, is interviewed after delivering his speech in the Main Hall of Manchester Central on the third day, and penultimate day, of the Conservative Party Conference on October 1, 2013 in Manchester, England. David Cameron has unveiled a Government pilot scheme for GP surgeries to open from 8am until 8pm seven days, backed by 50 million GBP of funding. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
The Mayor was asked by Sky's Dermot Murnaghan about China's human rights record and whether that was ever taken into consideration as the UK forged business ties with the nation.
"My job as Mayor is not to have a foreign policy but to get on and promote the interests of the greatest city on earth which is what we’re doing," Johnson said.
But he's not been backwards in coming forwards when it comes to other countries...
I believe you will not deny the fact that one should hardly back those who kill their enemies and eat their organs – all that is filmed. Do you want to support these people? Do you want to supply arms to these people?– Boris Johnson on arming the Syria rebels
Remember - if Greece defaults or leaves the euro, then we will not see that UK cash again. Indeed, we are more likely to be repaid in stuffed vine leaves or olive oil than we are in pounds or euros. We should stop chucking good money after bad.– Boris Johnson on Greece and the Euro
The Iraq war was not only a disaster for the many tens of thousands who died in Iraq. I am afraid our actions gave a point and a force to the poisonous rhetoric of Islamist agitators in London and around the world. We would be mad to make that mistake again.– Boris Johnson on Iraq
We must hope that we can succeed, with air power alone, to help the rebels to topple Gaddafi; and if and when we do, we will have a separate set of problems. Who are they, these rebels? What kind of democracy do we hope will bloom in the desert soil, after decades in which political parties have been banned? – Boris Johnson on Libya
Hands off our Rock, that’s what I say. Perhaps it really is a coincidence – as the Foreign Office claims – that we have just sent a fleet of warships to Gibraltar. Maybe it’s just a fluke that HMS Illustrious is about to bristle into view on the southern coast of Spain, complete with thousands of Royal Marines and other elite commando units. But I hope not. I hope that one way or another we will shortly prise Spanish hands off the throat of our colony, because what is now taking place is infamous.– Boris Johnson on Gibraltar
Since the crisis began, “emerging markets” have provided the growth in the world – at least two thirds of it. Of course Europe will always be vital and we will always have a colossal stake in America. But it is in Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa that we must expand our businesses and restore our instinct as a great trading nation.– Boris Johnson on the East
Thanks in part to the misbegotten euro project, the EU has turned into a microclimate of economic gloom, with colossal unemployment and misery in those many parts of Europe that are being brutally deprived of the safety valve of devaluation. – Boris Johnson on the Euro
"I think many Londoners felt uncomfortable about the bus operation of one of the world's financial powerhouses being funded by the people of a country where many people live in extreme poverty.– Boris Johnson on Venezuelan oil
This is a country responding, however incompetently, to direct aggression against its own people from a neighbouring failed state. The real problem in the region is not Israel, but what it represents to the Islamicists who surround it. They don't give a monkey's in Teheran about the fate of the poor Palestinians. Israel incarnates everything the mullahs hate, not least the spectacle of liberated womanhood that they find so appalling and so shamingly tempting.– Boris Johnson on Hizbollah, Iran and Israel