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Britain Prime Minister Sunak says the golden age with China is over

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Sunak, a former chancellor of the Exchequer, delivered his first foreign policy speech as prime minister at an event in London’s financial district on September 28.

“We recognize that China poses a systemic challenge to our values and interests,” he said. This challenge will be more severe as China moves in a more authoritarian direction.”

“Let’s be clear, the so-called ‘golden Age’ is over, and so is the naive idea that trade will bring social and political reform

China has yet to respond to the British prime minister’s comments.
Zheng Zeguang, China’s ambassador to the UK, said at a financial forum in London last week that “some people in the UK are keen to drum up the ‘China threat’ and call for restrictions on China-UK economic and trade ties. These people are simply making groundless claims, pointing the other way and turning the clock back on history.”

In 2015, George Osborne, then chancellor of the Exchequer, and Chinese officials both described a “golden era” in UK-China relations.

At that time, it was widely believed in the British political circles that although China was ruled by the Communist Party of China, such concerns should not affect the economic and trade development between the two countries.

Sunak himself, when he was chancellor of the Exchequer last year, said that Britain needed to approach its relations with China in a delicate way, focusing on human rights issues in China on the one hand and expanding economic and trade ties with China on the other.

But in the face of a tough line on China from many members of his own Conservative Party, Mr. Sunak also sharply sharpened his criticism of China during his leadership campaign in July, calling it the biggest threat to the security and prosperity of Britain and the world, pledging to close all Confucius institutes in Britain and lead the world in combating the Chinese cyber threat.

In his speech Monday, Prime Minister Sunak said Britain will stand up to global competitors such as China with a strong pragmatic approach rather than rhetoric, and work with like-minded nations such as the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan to meet the Chinese challenge.

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