Farage sent his new year greetings in a video posted on his YouTube channel on Jan. 1, the first day after the Brexit transition period ended, with a UK-EU deal signed just two days before.
Farage said that for him personally, it was “a moment of very great joy,” since his life’s work is done.
“Now a lot of people are asking me: what next?” Farage said. “Well, I’ll tell you where the next big challenge is … it is China.”
Farage said that the communist-controlled country is a big threat to the UK’s independence, way of life, and liberty.
“China are doing their absolute best to take over the world,” Farage said in his video titled “Stopping China is the next big battle to fight.”
“They’re throttling democracy in Hong Kong, and they’ll do their best to do it elsewhere. They’ve taken over many of the resources in Africa,” he added.
“This Chinese Communist Party pose a massive threat to the world, a threat to our freedoms, a threat to our way of life.”
Farage’s next campaign, which he said would begin in the new year, is “to make sure people understand who China are, what the Chinese Communist Party is, what it’s doing to its own people, [and] what it wants to do to the rest of the world.”
“We need to wake up to the threat that is posed by China,” he said. “And 2021 begins my next campaign, and that is to make sure we are no longer dependent on China.”
Having focused on Brexit during most of his career, Farage, an anti-globalist campaigner, has been increasingly critical of the ruling regime in China.
On July 19, he said that over the past six months, he had come to see that the UK’s relationship with China should be more than about economics or security.
Farage said he had had no idea about the extent of the Chinese regime’s human rights abuses, and was shocked by the lack of exposure in the media on the Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of the Uyghurs, as well as on the forced organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners, a long-standing allegation confirmed by the independent China Tribunal in 2019.
Writing in Newsweek the next day, Farage described how he used to ignore the appeals of members of the Falun Gong spiritual movement when they appealed outside the European Parliament building where he worked.
“I confess that I did not really take them seriously, and viewed their lobbying as an irritation,” he wrote.
Farage said he felt “a bit guilty” about having done nothing.
“We’ve not been making the argument properly, and fully, about the plight of the Falun Gong, the plight of the Uyghurs, about the brutal, truthful fact that it is utterly right to compare the way the Chinese government treats minorities, treats different points of view within its country, it is utterly right to compare that with what the National Socialists did between 1939 and 1945,” Farage said in a video.
“There is a form of state-sponsored genocide that is going on in China, and myself included, we have done too little to expose this,” he said.
Simon Veazey contributed to this report.