British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak delivered his first foreign policy keynote speech since taking office on the 28th, declaring that the "golden age" and "golden decade" of UK-China bilateral cooperation have come to an end.
Sunak's speech confirms defense strategy for next 10 years
[Compiled Zhou Hongwen/Comprehensive Report] British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak delivered his first foreign policy keynote speech since taking office on the 28th, announcing the UK-China bilateral cooperation announced by the British Cameron government in 2015. The "Golden Age" and "Golden Decade" have come to an end, reaffirming that China poses a "systemic challenge" to British values and interests, and confirming that the UK's defense and security strategy for the next ten years will be published in a comprehensive review expected next year The report (Integrated Review) has been upgraded.
Criticize Beijing Human Rights, Condemn Crackdown on Protests, Block People
Sunak also criticized Beijing's human rights record, including condemning Beijing's recent crackdown on protests against the repressive epidemic prevention policy, actions for freedom, and the Chinese police's violence against BBC reporters. "The media, as well as our MPs, must be free from Sanctions place these issues, including exposing atrocities in Xinjiang, and restricted freedoms in Hong Kong."
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Sunak pointed out at the "G20" (G20) summit on the 15th of this month that China "clearly" poses a "systemic challenge" to Britain's values and interests, and "is undoubtedly the biggest threat to our country's economic security."
Although he stopped calling China a "threat" on the 28th, acknowledging that China's influence on global affairs is difficult for Western countries to ignore, he also made it clear that "the so-called 'golden age' is over, and trade will drive social and political reforms." The naivety has also come to an end."
In a speech at the Lord Mayor's Banquet in the City of London, Sunak warned that the UK needed to "take a longer-term view on China". As we move toward a stronger authoritarianism, the challenge becomes even more daunting.” The UK should defend more vigorously its values, the freedoms and openness needed for economic prosperity, and build a stronger domestic economy to strengthen Britain’s power abroad and deepen its Relations with Indo-Pacific countries.