Rishi Sunak says the so-called golden era of UK-China relations is over

Rishi Sunak says the so-called 'Golden Era' of UK-China relations is over

Rishi Sunak said that we cannot ignore China’s importance in world affairs.


British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Monday warned that China posed a “systemic challenge” to the UK’s “values ​​and interests” as his government condemned Beijing after a BBC journalist said he was beaten while covering the protests in Shanghai.

In his first major foreign policy speech, Sunak said the so-called “golden era” of Anglo-Chinese relations hailed by former prime minister David Cameron was “over, along with the naive idea of that trade automatically leads to social and political problems”. to revolutionize.”

As a result, Britain will “need to evolve our approach to China”, he said during a speech at the Mayor’s Banquet in London.

“We recognize that China poses a systemic challenge to our values ​​and interests, a challenge that grows more acute as it moves toward authoritarianism even more,” he said. even bigger.”

“We cannot ignore China’s importance in world affairs — for global economic stability or issues like climate change. The US, Canada, Australia, Japan and many more. Other countries also understand this.

“So together we will manage this tough competition, including diplomacy and engagement,” he added.

His government will prioritize strengthening trade and security ties with Indo-Pacific allies, he said, adding that “economics and security are indivisible” in the region.

While it is hard to please Beijing, Sunak’s message has been somewhat toned down from his campaign message, when he called China “the number one threat” to domestic security. and global.

– ‘It’s worrisome’ –

The speech came amid heightened tensions between the two countries after Ed Lawrence, working in China as a BBC-accredited journalist, was arrested at a protest. blockade due to Covid-19 in Shanghai and detained for several hours.

The UK broadcaster said he was assaulted and kicked by police.

Following his release, Lawrence tweeted on Monday to thank his followers, adding that he believes “at least one local citizen was arrested after trying to stop police from beating him.” I”.

British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly called the incident “deeply disturbing”.

“Freedom of the media and freedom of protest must be respected. No country is exempt,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Journalists must be able to do their jobs without being intimidated.”

Sunak stressed that the media “must be able to highlight these issues with impunity, including pointing out abuses in Xinjiang — and the restriction of freedoms.” in Hong Kong.”

Security Minister Tom Tugendhat said Lawrence’s arrest was “an echo of the repression that the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) is carrying out elsewhere”.

“China’s efforts to repress the state in the UK remind us of the urgent need to protect our own freedoms,” after reports of China’s regulation operate undeclared police outposts abroad, including the UK.

Hundreds of people took to the streets in major Chinese cities on Sunday in a rare wave of public outrage against the state over its Covid-free policy.

The BBC said it was “deeply concerned” after Lawrence was filmed being dragged away at one of the protests in Shanghai.

“We have not received an official explanation or apology from the Chinese authorities, other than the statement by the officials who later released him that they had him arrested for his benefit in the case of he caught Covid from the crowd,” it said.

“We do not consider this a reliable explanation.”

China’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday that Lawrence did not identify himself as a journalist.

“Based on what we know from the relevant authorities in Shanghai, he does not identify himself as a journalist and did not voluntarily present credentials,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian. his press”.

He told international media to “obey China’s laws and regulations while in China”.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from an aggregated feed.)

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