Sunak: The UK Must Stand Up For Its Values More Forcefully

  • 28-11-2022, 08:35
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     British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, in his first major foreign policy speech on Monday, plans to stress that the United Kingdom must advocate more forcefully for freedom and openness, particularly against China and Russia.

    “Our adversaries and competitors have a long-term strategy… In the face of these challenges, short-term (strategy) and wishes will not be enough,” Sunak says, according to excerpts from his speech published by “Downing Street”, before his speech to a large number of diplomats and representatives of the business sector. “.
    “It means being stronger to stand up for our values and the openness on which our prosperity is based,” he adds. It also means “standing up to our competitors, not with grandiose rhetoric but with strong pragmatism.”

    According to Downing Street, in his first major foreign policy speech since becoming prime minister at the end of October, Sunak will stress the need for the UK to defend a long-term vision in the face of the ambitions of China and Russia.

    “So we’re going to make an evolutionary leap in our approach,” says Sunak. “And that means being stronger in standing up for our values and the openness on which our prosperity depends.”
    He adds that this means providing a stronger economy, “because it is the basis of our strength abroad.”
    Earlier this month, Sunak visited Kyiv to offer more support to Ukraine in its fight against Russian forces.
    Sunak will stress that “we protect ourselves by protecting Ukraine”.

    In speeches over the summer, Sunak described China as the number one threat to global and domestic security, and vowed to suppress its influence if he became prime minister.

    Nevertheless, at the G20 summit in mid-November, Sunak called for a “frank and constructive relationship between London and Beijing,” which has soured in recent years.

    London is currently reviewing its doctrine in terms of security, defense and foreign policy, to adapt to the new geopolitical context, which is characterized especially by the war in Ukraine and the increase in tensions with Iran and China.
    Source- globeecho