«The so-called golden era is over»
Sunak wants China policy to change course
Also under the impression of anti-government protests in China, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced a change of course in relations with Beijing.
China’s increasingly authoritarian policies are leading Britain’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to change foreign policy on the Asian country. Photo: Tayfun Salci/ZUMA Press Wire/dpa
“The so-called golden era is over, along with the naive notion that trade would automatically lead to social and political reforms,” Sunak said in his first foreign policy speech on Monday evening. China poses a systemic challenge “to our values and interests”. The head of government said that the more authoritarian China becomes, the greater the challenge. At the same time, he warned against rhetoric like in the Cold War.
“Of course, we cannot ignore China’s importance for international issues, for global economic stability or issues like climate change,” Sunak said. Together with allies such as the USA, Canada, Australia and Japan, Great Britain must accept “this intensifying competition”. “Much of this revolves around dramatically improving our resilience, particularly our economic security,” the PM said.