The United Kingdom has been pursued to hold a tougher stance with China. This concerns the human rights violations along with the current situation in Taiwan. The Member Parliaments have come forth with the perspective to provide help to the Taiwanese people in order to withhold an attack from the Chinese forces.
This all comes in lieu of the foreign secretary James Cleverly’s visit to China. All the MPs called China’s actions a threat to the global security long with stating,
The Chinese Communist party (CCP) is “seeking to silence criticism of its human rights abuses, and impose its foreign policy and Xi Jinping’s thoughts beyond its own borders”, the committee mentioned. “This is a challenge to the functioning of democracies globally.”
The uncategorized version of United Kingdom’s Chinese foreign strategy
The visit of the foreign secretary was made to look as such that the world viewed it as a diplomatic step between the two countries. While the emphasis was laid on global matters like the climate crisis, Ukraine’s concerns, international trade, the story behind the curtain remains undiscovered. James Cleverly met his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi along with Han Zheng, the vice president of China.
The Chinese are yet to react to the accusations made against their nation and its doing and their response to British hostility remains a question for the future. The timing seemed exactly on point with the ministers hoping for a summit between the British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak and the Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the G20.
The UK officials would be hoping that China does not associate the minister’s points to the officiating government overall. Though, Cleverly’s previous defence to the Chinese role would prove in their favour. He emphasised on the fact that the country in all its essence is working on maintaining “good” ties with the neighbouring nations, hence dismissing all harsh talks.
United Kingdom’s China strategy withheld from the ministers?
The committee believes that the government has withheld important information from the council of its ministers. This could be because of various security reasons or as a step to hold on to precious diplomatic relations. Following Germany, even the Britishers are expected to release an unclassified, less detailed public strategy of its relations with China.
The focus also got channelised toward the UK’s excessive reliability on China for its technological needs.The report says China is “seeking to extend its power to other countries with the explicit use of transnational repression as a form of foreign policy”. This leads to a direct call for zero tolerance and demanding questions from the government on why no action was taken against the Chinese diplomats in the country.
The report further criticised the actions, calling them weak, and going as far as to declare that such a policy cannot be adopted in any circumstance with any ally. The grave matter of concern was raised against the genocide of Uyghurs in the Chinese territoty along with the human rights abuse in Tibet. Even the Hong Kong violation of rights came under strong scrutiny.
Strengthening cultural and political ties with Taiwan
Stepping up both political and cultural relations is quite natural. Similar is the case with UK Taiwan ties. In order to set this up, the UK committee suggested that free trade must be negotiated with it and its membership of international bodies. Reports have stated that China, through Taiwan, is aiming to just expand its territory to create additional provinces.
One of the reports said, “As a part of its efforts to undermine the success of Taiwan, and its independent government, the CCP mounts cyber-attacks against Taiwan daily, and countries that support its democracy and right to self-determination.”
It also appears that China will not like these emphasis laid by the UK committee, especially building relationships with countries hostile to the same as Indonesia, Japan, and more. Overall, the UK will have an involvement – either through containment or encirclement plans.