At a meeting with top Chinese officials in Beijing, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly claimed that the UK was “clear-eyed” about the fact that Beijing would not change “overnight” in an effort to defuse tensions between the two countries.
Some prominent Conservatives have voiced their disapproval of the trip, but the Foreign Secretary has maintained that a “pragmatic” relationship is essential in order to address urgent global problems like climate change.
He further claimed that the trip will provide him the opportunity to have “tough conversations” with the Chinese government about topics such as the repression in Hong Kong and human rights abuses in Xinjiang province.
“It’s a complicated country that’s also very significant, very big, and very influential. Our relationship with China will be equally complex and nuanced, the Foreign Secretary assured the media.
“We have an unclouded view of the core areas where we disagree with China. When we get together, I bring up those concerns.
“But I think it’s important, we also recognize that we have to have a pragmatic, sensible working relationship with China, because of issues that affect us all over the globe,” he continued.
Mr. Cleverly said it is necessary to have regular contacts “to enhance understanding” and “to avoid misunderstanding” after he met with Vice President Han Zheng, a key figure in the anti-democracy crackdown in Hong Kong.
Mr. Cleverly, the first British foreign secretary to visit China in five years, assured the Chinese that they would “address the challenges and differences of opinion that all countries have” in their bilateral ties.
Some Conservatives, known as “China hawks,” are unhappy with Mr. Cleverly’s trip because they believe the government should take a harder stance with a country that has punished several British lawmakers and peers for speaking out against human rights abuses in China.
Former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith compared the current administration’s policy to that of the 1930s, when Britain appeased Nazi Germany.
Concerns about the treatment of the Uighur Muslim minority in Xinjiang province have prompted the Foreign Secretary to report having discussed human rights with Chinese officials.
He told the media, “I’ve had a number of conversations with senior representatives of the Chinese government, and I’ve raised human rights in every single one of those meetings and I will continue to do so.”
“I won’t back down from bringing this up as part of a broader conversation about a variety of issues.”The Chinese leadership, I believe, is aware that the United Kingdom is consistent in its attitude. I will continue to bring up these concerns with the Chinese authorities in a consistent manner.
It’s crucial that we keep the lines of communication open and have consistent, regular conversations.
The UK and I are both clear-eyed about the fact that we cannot transform China overnight,” he continued.No single get-together is going to be the magic bullet, but consistent conversation and open lines of communication are crucial.
Chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Alicia Kearns said she had spoken to Mr. Cleverly before his trip and urged him to put pressure on the Chinese government over human rights concerns.
I have high hopes that he will successfully argue against global repression. The senior Tory said, “It’s no secret that there has been an increase in spying on British soil, and it’s also no secret that there have been appalling human rights abuses against the Uighur, the Tibetans, and many others.”
That Britain plays a role in the Pacific in which it is made plain that it would defend the rule of law, human rights, and self-determination is crucial.
As Ms. Kearns explained to Sky News, meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping is “how you prevent and deconflict potential issues,” thus Prime Minister Rishi Sunak should “absolutely” do so if the occasion arises.
“to make clear defense is not an escalation,” she said, “and we won’t tolerate transnational intimidation,” she said of Mr. Cleverly’s visit.
However, results in Britain’s interests are needed from the visit, and we look forward to them.
Reporting that “the activities of the Chinese Communist Party are a threat to the UK and its interests” and that “the behavior of the Chinese Communist Party is currently characterized by increased aggression towards the UK,” her committee has made these statements public.
To maintain Whitehall-wide consistency in its approach to Beijing, the Foreign Affairs Committee, which includes representatives from all major political parties, has urged the government to make public an unclassified version of its China strategy and to brief all relevant ministers on the classified version.
“it should now announce a clear policy of zero tolerance of transnational repression and be prepared to expel any foreign diplomats who engage in intimidation of, or physical attacks on, British citizens or those seeking refuge on UK shore,” the committee concluded.
Moreover, the lawmakers demanded that the government do more to prohibit the adoption of Chinese technologies like surveillance cameras, “which are capable of being used for remote data harvesting” by Beijing’s security agencies.
According to the assessment, the government has not taken “adequate action” to counter Beijing’s threat of “economic coercion” in the form of cutting off funding or technology transfers to strategically important sectors of the economy.
The committee recommended that to defend Taiwanese self-determination, the United Kingdom implement “an effective policy of deterrence diplomacy” toward Beijing over the disputed island of Taiwan.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn