Former British PM calls for economic NATO against China

Former British President Liz Truss stated that China is forcing the West into a new cold war with its technological protectionism, military growth and alliances, and suggested that the West should create new defense networks and economic alliances against it.

Truss spoke at a panel held by the Prospect Foundation, a government-funded think tank on the island, during his visit to Taiwan in its sovereignty conflict with China.

Emphasizing that it is not possible to rely solely on the United Nations (UN) Security Council or the World Trade Organization against China’s political and economic threats, Liz Truss said, “We need a network of free countries, an economic NATO to respond to China. ” said.

Stating that some said they do not want a new cold war, Truss said, “China has already started an effort for self-sufficiency in the field of technology, even though we do not want to cut economic ties. They are already in alliance with countries that want to see the collapse of the free world. They choose their own strategic choices. “The only choice we will make is between approving and compromising, or taking measures to prevent conflict,” he said.

Pointing out that China is gradually expanding its navy and embarking on the largest military structuring of the peace period, Truss said, “We cannot pretend that there can be meaningful deterrence without hard power. If we want to prevent conflict in the South China Sea, we must be serious about defense cooperation.”

Calling on the G-7 leaders to meet in Hiroshima, Japan this weekend to act in coordination against China’s economic pressures, Truss argued that Taiwan’s participation in the Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership should be ensured and Beijing’s application should be rejected.

reaction from china

China criticized the ruling Democratic Forward Party (DPP) government in Taiwan because of Truss’s visit.

“The DPP authorities are bribing some anti-Chinese politicians who have fiascoed out of office, with taxes paid by the Taiwanese people, to get foreign support for their independence claims,” ​​said Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council.

Ma said the Taiwanese government will take “decisive measures” to defend China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity if it continues to push and challenge.

Taiwan Ministry of Defense reported that 25 military aircraft and 5 ships belonging to China were seen around the island before Truss’s visit to the Island, and that the aircraft flew in the area that Taiwan declared “Air Defense Identification Zone” (ADIZ).

Truss, who came to the Island for a 5-day visit, became the first former British Prime Minister to visit the Island since Margaret Thatcher’s visits in the 1990s.

During his visit, Truss is expected to meet with Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen and other officials, and meet with business circles.

Taiwan has had de facto independence since 1949

Taiwan, which China defends as part of its territory, has enjoyed de facto independence since 1949 when the People’s Republic of China was founded. The separation that emerged after the civil war between mainland China and Taiwan still continues.

Beijing, emphasizing the “one China” principle, opposes Taiwan’s establishing independent diplomatic relations with the countries of the world, its representation in the United Nations (UN) and other international organizations, and stipulates that the countries that recognize it should break diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

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