Rishi Sunak declares 'golden era' between UK and China is over

11/29/2022 10:27:00 AM

Speaking at the Lord Mayor's Banquet, the prime minister puts forward his position on foreign policy and doubles down on appearing strong against China after being criticised for being too soft on the Chinese government during the leadership campaign.

Rishi Sunak has said the 'golden era' between the UK and China is over as he called for a new approach to the Chinese government. HelenAnnSmith0 describes the atmosphere in China as Beijing continues to crackdown on protesters. 📺 Sky 501 and YouTube

Speaking at the Lord Mayor's Banquet, the prime minister puts forward his position on foreign policy and doubles down on appearing strong against China after being criticised for being too soft on the Chinese government during the leadership campaign.

Ukraine "We recognise China poses a systemic challenge to our values and interests, a challenge that grows more acute as it moves towards even greater authoritarianism.28 November 2022, 20:00 Rishi Sunak said China posed a systemic challenge to the West.Ukraine "We recognise China poses a systemic challenge to our values and interests, a challenge that grows more acute as it moves towards even greater authoritarianism.28 November, 2022 “The US, Canada, Australia, Japan and many others understand this too.

" In 2015, then chancellor George Osborne echoed the Chinese ambassador's claims that China and the UK were in a"golden era" of bilateral relations, but by 2020 relations had somewhat soured under Boris Johnson's government.Advertisement Click to subscribe to the Sky News Daily wherever you get your podcasts Mr Sunak acknowledged the current protests against COVID lockdowns in China - a rare sight in a country where demonstrations are not a common sight, and have not been since the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.In a speech at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet tonight, the PM seemed to signal a more aggressive approach on relations with the country, saying China is "consciously competing for global influence using all the levers of state power".He said, instead of listening to people's concerns, the Chinese government"has chosen to crack down further" as he mentioned the arrest and beating of a BBC journalist this weekend.He said, instead of listening to people's concerns, the Chinese government"has chosen to crack down further" as he mentioned the arrest and beating of a BBC journalist this weekend.in Indonesia during the G20 summit earlier this month but the meeting was cancelled after NATO members had to hold an emergency meeting after a Polish village near the Ukrainian border was bombed.We can’t depend on Cold War arguments or approaches, or mere sentimentality about the past.Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 2:38 Why are people protesting in China? The PM hit out at China's lack of freedom of expression as he said both the media and British MPs must be able to report on human rights abuses, such as those in Xinjiang and Hong Kong"without sanction".David Lammy, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, said the comments were “as thin as gruel”.

But, he said there is no way the UK can"simply ignore China's significance in world affairs - to global stability or issues like climate change"." He added this meant "standing up to our competitors, not with grand rhetoric but with robust pragmatism".But, he said there is no way the UK can"simply ignore China's significance in world affairs - to global stability or issues like climate change".He added that the US, Canada, Australia, Japan"and many others understand this too" as he said together they can"manage this sharpening competition, including with diplomacy and engagement"."Much of this is about dramatically improving our resilience, particularly our economic security," he said.Picture: Getty Read more: 'Don’t disrespect Qatar': Sir Tony Blair says it's time to 'move on' from World Cup protests about LGBTQ+ rights Read more: Kim Jong-un's 'most beloved' child Ju Ae appears in public for second time prompting heir speculation Mr Sunak said the UK government was taking a "longer-term view" on China, and was "strengthening our resilience and protecting our economic security" and openly criticised the regime's treatment of protestors.Image: A protester is pinned down and arrested in Shanghai, China.Image: A protester is pinned down and arrested in Shanghai, China.Pic: AP The PM listed actions the UK government has taken to stop China from limiting China's influence in the UK, including new powers under the National Security and Investment Act.Hong Kongers Protest China's Zero-Covid Policies.He said: “Already we are imposing sanctions on some individuals who have been connected to the Xinjiang repression [of the Uyghurs] and that’s the right thing to do… I very much hope that the Foreign Office is watching very closely and is going to take action on this because the Foreign Office has got a responsibility to supervise what’s going on within China.

He also mentioned the government blocking the £63m sale of semiconductor manufacturer Newport Wafer Fab to Chinese-owned Nexperia two weeks ago and the removal of Huawei's 5G network from the UK.Mr Sunak also spoke of the UK being a country"that stands up for our values, that defends democracy by actions not just words" but as the world evolves"so does our application of those values"."We recognise China poses a systemic challenge to our values and interests, a challenge that grows more acute as it moves towards even greater authoritarianism.Mr Sunak also spoke of the UK being a country"that stands up for our values, that defends democracy by actions not just words" but as the world evolves"so does our application of those values".He said the UK's"adversaries and competitors plan for the long-term" as he mentioned Russia and China and said the UK will"make an evolutionary leap in our approach".Image: Anti-lockdown protests have been taking place across China The PM said the UK will increase the"quality and depth" of partnerships with like-minded countries around the world and said more details will come next year, including how the UK will work with"friends in the Commonwealth, the US, the Gulf states, Israel and others".He said the media and PMs must be able to address these issues without sanction, "including calling out abuses in Xinjiang – and the curtailment of freedom in Hong Kong.And just hours after meeting Ukraine's First Lady Olena Zelenska in Downing Street, he said there should be no doubt the UK"will stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes".And just hours after meeting Ukraine's First Lady Olena Zelenska in Downing Street, he said there should be no doubt the UK"will stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes".Topics.

Mr Sunak concluded his speech by saying:"Under my leadership we won't choose the status quo.Today, Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said the Chinese state should "take notice" of protests against its Covid approach and restrictions on freedoms.We will do things differently."We will evolve, anchored always by our enduring belief in freedom, openness and the rule of law and confident that in this moment of challenge and competition our interests will be protected and our values will prevail.Meanwhile John Bolton told LBC's Andrew Marr on Monday that the protests show Xi Jinping's grip on power may be loosening."We will evolve, anchored always by our enduring belief in freedom, openness and the rule of law and confident that in this moment of challenge and competition our interests will be protected and our values will prevail." Related Topics.

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RishiSunak out of your depth Looks like he knows how to do a bow tie at least. Remember it’s the Tories talking - It’s just rhetoric nothing more .. This won’t even register in China. Britain has rendered itself almost insignificant since Brexit. What power, influence or right do we have on the world stage now? None, we are just a tiny island who can’t trade effectively with the world and who don’t want others to come here…

The irony of this speech when his government want to turn some protest groups into terror groups and police are arresting journalists. Have a look at home RishiSunak before lecturing others... Its all bull. oh man, xi shaking in his boots rn We still send them millions of pounds in foreign aid. At last!!!! Finally something to resurrect some sense in the Tory party!!

This after your actions this week. Save the virtue signalling it's fucking boring

China poses a 'systemic challenge to the UK's values and interests', Rishi Sunak saysRishi Sunak has amped up his rhetoric on China, saying 'the naïve idea' that trade with the country would lead to social and political reform is over. Yet he was on the tv 📺 every week saying it’s the right approach 😂😂😂 honestly their must 🤔 we are fools 🤦‍♂️ Sink is an effing severe systemic challenge to the UK 😡 Cheeky 4ft Roland rat faced cnut......

Noone is strong enough to point out that China will single handedly destroy our planet whether we move to net zero or not Ah...the cross eyed midget speaks once again. Big words from the man who buys his clothes from the boys dept in M&S Bull Well done prime minister 👏👏 Has he told the Chancellor.?

Rishi Sunak declares 'golden era' between UK and China over as he calls for new approachSpeaking at the Lord Mayor's Banquet, the prime minister puts forward his position on foreign policy and doubles down on appearing strong against China after being criticised for being too soft on the Chinese government during the leadership campaign. I hope China will cut ties with the UK first and you'll see how bad it will get for the already broke UK... Being a US slave is not enough to prosper as we are all finding out these days in the UK... He’s planning work houses in England where people work for a pittance, all run by tory bosses taking advantage of stripping employment laws away from the working man. We are going to be entering the digital era and have controls similar to China

Rishi Sunak warns of end of 'golden era' between UK and China after protests crackdownThe Prime Minister defended anti-government protesters in China, who took to the streets to campaign against the strict Covid-19 lockdown rules

'Golden Era' Of Relations Between Britain And China Is Over, Rishi Sunak SaysUK prime minister criticises the past “naive” approach as he signals greater “diplomacy and engagement” with the superpower. KevinASchofield China will barely notice we've gone, UK will have a real problem with raw materials for manufacturing. Like Russia with Gas, China was allowed to become an integral cog in the UK. 12YearsOfTory all they cared about was cash in their own pockets. National Security? 🤣😂🤣

Rishi Sunak sets out China policy as Tory critics loomThe prime minister sketches out a new approach - but we don't know yet what it will mean in practice. The hypocrisy of a man that advocated for CCP style lockdowns and stripped Brits of god given freedoms to now judge China in this manner. We keep receipts. Yuck. Send them the bill for crashing the economy with their virus they inflicted on us all.

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