Britain has been offered a toolkit of practical policies that it and other democracies can use to stand up to the increasingly aggressive Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and tackle China’s egregious human rights abuses.
In his forward to the report titled “Defending Democracy in a New World” former Australian foreign affairs minister, Alexander Downer, wrote that Britain’s policy, hitherto predicated only on China being a lucrative market, was never adequate.
“It was superficial and unlikely to be sustainable,” he said.
Britain’s strength lies in its international friendships, but despite that Downer said, “A policy towards a rising China which offered nothing more than pecuniary ambition was never going to impress British allies.”
“Worse,” he said, “it indicated that the UK was no longer a global geopolitical player, just a trading nation.”
‘Very Substantial Diplomatic Abuse’He said this was clear from China recently declaring a trade war against Australia and its “very substantial diplomatic abuse of Australian leaders and the Australian community.”
As examples of a China “increasingly throwing its weight around,” internationally Downer cited its use of force in the South China sea, its “cyber offensive operations” and its “direct political interference in the politics of Western democratic countries.”
Other measures in the CRG report include removing slave labour from supply chains, banning exports to China of potential mass surveillance products, and tougher checks on the purchase of Chinese hardware and apps “to reduce the [CCP’s] ability to infiltrate UK agencies.”
Persistent Concern Over ChinaThe report comes against a backdrop of persistent concern over China’s culpability in the spreading of the CCP virus pandemic, it’s breaking of the Sino-British Joint Declaration on Hong Kong, and its imposition of a new national security law in the city.
Other panelists taking part in the video launching the CRG report were Hong Kong activist Nathan Law, London-based Uyghur singer and human rights activist, Rahima Mahmut, and Conservative MP, Neil O’Brien.