Rishi Sunak says ‘golden age’ of UK-China relations is over, UK needs to evolve approach to Beijing

London, November 29th: British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has said the so-called “golden age” of relations with China is over and that “the approach” to Beijing needs to evolve.

He made the remarks while addressing the Mayor’s Dinner in London on Monday. China anti-blockade protests: UN backs demonstrators, urges authorities to guarantee right to protest peacefully.

In what was his first foreign policy speech, Sunak said: Relying on simplistic Cold War rhetoric.

“We recognize that China poses a systemic challenge to our values ​​and interests, a challenge that is becoming more acute as we move toward stronger authoritarianism. increase.”

Noting the rare widespread protests against China’s ongoing “zero-coronavirus policy” across China, the prime minister said, “Instead of listening to the public’s protests, the Chinese government has turned to BBC journalists. We have opted for further crackdowns, including assaults on “.

“The media and parliamentarians should be able to highlight these issues without sanctions, such as alleging human rights violations in Xinjiang and restrictions on freedom in Hong Kong.”

“China’s importance in global affairs, such as global economic stability and issues like climate change, cannot be simply ignored,” Sunak added.

He added that Britain will work with allies such as the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan to “manage this growing competition, including through diplomacy and engagement.”

“It means confronting our competitors with firm pragmatism rather than grandiose rhetoric,” he added. China COVID-19 protests: Citizens protesting coronavirus restrictions clash with police in Shanghai.

Regarding UK relations in the Indo-Pacific, Sunak said:

In his speech, the prime minister also pledged to continue to support Ukraine, adding:

“To protect the people of Ukraine and the critical infrastructure they depend on, we will provide new support for air defense … By protecting Ukraine, we protect ourselves.” Rishi Sunak says ‘golden age’ of UK-China relations is over, UK needs to evolve approach to Beijing

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