UK calls for more vigilance on China ahead of NATO summit – The Guardian

Boris Johnson and his ministers are going to a NATO summit with fresh warnings that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has demonstrated the need for more vigilance and caution over possible Chinese actions against Taiwan.

Secretary of State Liz Truss, who will join the prime minister at the NATO meeting in Madrid, was more explicit, calling for faster action to help Taiwan with defensive weapons, a key demand of Ukraine since the invasion.

“There is always a trend – and we’ve seen this before Ukraine War – There is always a tendency to wishful thinking, to hope that more bad things will not happen and wait until it is too late,” Truss told the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee. Her words went well beyond standard government language on the issue.

“We should have done things earlier, we should have provided Ukraine with defensive weapons earlier. We need to learn this lesson.” Taiwan. Every piece of equipment we sent out takes months of training, so the sooner we do it, the better.”

Johnson was more cautious about referring to China directly, but in From the comments on Monday Likening the need to support Ukraine to World War II, he said the effect of allowing a Russian victory “will also be felt in East Asia”.

On his plane as he traveled from the G7 summit in southern Germany to Madrid, reporters asked Johnson about the suspension and whether Taiwan needed more support.

“I think it is very important that countries around the world are not able to read from current events Europe And the conclusion that the world would stand idly by if the borders were changed by force. “This is one of the most important lessons we can learn from Ukraine.”

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Taiwan has ruled itself since nationalist forces fled to the island after the Communist Party took control of it China 1949. Beijing considers Taiwan a rebellious province and regularly threatens to take it back by force.

At the House of Commons hearing, Truss also promised MPs she would come up with a stand-alone foreign policy strategy for relations with China.

“I am very happy to go away and look at this. I am very clear that we have a strategy for China, which I am currently implementing in everything I do, but in terms of the written document, I will go further and look at that.

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