to be fair most of the r&r for lots of the stuff coming from china is actually done here. then the greedy english companies send their well designed prototype to china to be copied (which they're very good at) and made there cheaper so they have more profit.
I'm not focusing on things coming from China, but from other EU countries.
For example, say Telecomms equipment. why is it all major mobile phone operators use every single brand except a British brand?because there isnt one. Even simple things like repeaters are American - one of the big players on residential and enterprise repeaters.
Yes Huawei has been kicked out of the core network, hell, even the great British Telecom uses Huawei in all their core and ho my that will cost a few millions to replace.
but what else is there to use? Well... Nokia, Ericsson... Samsung... there's no British brand.
but the UK has not put any R&R in any of this.. so there isn't one technology that can be bought here.
this is just an example. there's a lot more stuff that simply cannot and will never be invented, researched, marketed and produced over here, because there was never a need for it, so the uk is miles behind.
Have a google for the recent tech booming.. OpenRAN. not a single british company has jumped on the bandwagon. (well, some have, but selling other countries products)