Rishi Sunak called “China and the Chinese Communist Party” “the greatest threat to Britain and the security and prosperity of the world in this century”.
New Delhi: As the race for the post of British Prime Minister heats up, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and her arch-rival Chancellor Rishi Sunak have clashed over the UK’s relations with China and Russia.
Although Rishi Sunak’s critics pointed to a Global Times op-ed that praised Sunak as a pragmatic leader who could help strengthen Beijing-London ties, Sunak came back with a list of strict measures to put in place if he becomes Premier. minister.
“Enough is enough. For too long British and Western politicians have rolled out the red carpet and turned a blind eye to China’s nefarious activities and ambitions,” Sunak tweeted.
In a series of tweets, Sunak called “China and the Chinese Communist Party” “the greatest threat to Britain and the security and prosperity of the world this century.”
He unveiled his quiver of arrows ready for China:
1. I would close all 30 Chinese Confucius Institutes in the UK – the highest number in the world. Almost all British government spending on teaching Mandarin in schools goes through university Confucius Institutes, thus promoting Chinese soft power.
2. I will build a new international alliance of free nations to fight Chinese cyber threats and share best practices in technology security.
3. I will extend the reach of MI5 to provide greater support to UK businesses and universities to counter Chinese industrial espionage.
4. We will work across government and with security services to create a toolkit to help businesses protect their intellectual property.
5. I will protect key UK assets. This means examining the need to prevent Chinese acquisitions of key British assets, including strategically sensitive technology companies.
(With agency contributions)