China is ‘biggest state-based threat’ to UK economic security, says Rishi Sunak

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak told journalists en route to the G20 summit in Indonesia that China was the “greatest state-based threat to economic security”.

China’s leader and head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Xi Jinping, is scheduled to attend the G20 summit in Bali, and Sunak said, “I hope I have the opportunity to speak with him. ‘ said.

“In my view, China poses a systemic challenge to our values ​​and interests and represents the greatest state-based threat to economic security,” Sunak told reporters on board. rice field.

he said the government will use a new one National Security Investment Law To prevent critical UK infrastructure from falling into the hands of companies that could endanger national security.

“But I believe that China is a glaring fact of the world economy, cannot solve common global challenges such as climate change and public health, and indeed cannot deal with Russia and Ukraine without dialogue. with them,” he added.

Sunak also said Britain would consider sending weapons to help Taiwan defend itself if the regime attacks in Beijing.

Snack repeatedly calls for ‘peaceful resolution’ of Taiwan issue

Sunak says: We stand ready to support Taiwan as we stand against Chinese aggression. ”

Formally known as the Republic of China, Taiwan is viewed by the Chinese Communist Party as a rogue province of China that will one day be reunited with the mainland.

However, Taiwan operates as a sovereign state with its own government, legislative body and judicial system independent of the communist regime.

The Chinese Communist Party has repeatedly threatened to invade Taiwan and force its unification militarily if it declares independence.

A year after the Chinese Communist Party defeated the nationalist Kuomintang in 1949, Britain recognized a government in Beijing in 1950 and downgraded ties with Chiang Kai-shek, who withdrew to Taiwan.

This was a first for the West, and the United States did not do the same until 1979, seven years after President Richard Nixon’s visit to Beijing, while Britain signed the agreement in 1972. It was only after I turned 20 (pdf“Taiwan is a province of China and recognized the People’s Republic of China.” [People’s Republic of China] The government as the sole legitimate government of China. ”

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US President Joe Biden (right) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) meet beside the G-20 summit in Nusa Dua, Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, November 14, 2022. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

U.S. President Joe Biden met with Xi on Monday, accusing Beijing of taking “coercive and increasingly aggressive actions” against Taiwan.

Snacks are seen by many political analyst He’s not as hawkish about Beijing as his predecessor, Liz Truss, who resigned in October after a miserable 49-day tenure.

But London and Beijing have committed to respecting human rights in Hong Kong and the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (which hosts a large Muslim Uyghur minority that has been persecuted in recent years) and severing ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin. There is considerable disagreement about the refusal of After the invasion of Ukraine.

PA Media contributed to this report.

Chris Summers


Chris Summers is a UK-based journalist with a wide range of national coverage, with a particular interest in crime, police and law.