Cleverly to call Cold War with China 'betrayal' of UK's interests

Cleverly to call Cold War with China
# 25 April 2023 05:45 (UTC +04:00)

British Foreign Minister James Cleverly is set to reject the idea of a Cold War with China, warning that isolating the country would be a "betrayal" of the United Kingdom's "national interest," APA reports citing Sky News.

In his speech to Mansion House on Tuesday, Cleverly will reportedly insist that no significant global problem, including climate change and pandemic prevention, can be solved without China, and that engaging with the country is necessary. Cleverly is expected to set out a three-pronged approach for relations with China.

However, he will also be "unflinchingly realistic about China's authoritarianism" and "clear about our right to act when Beijing breaks its international obligations or abuses human rights". "We do not expect our disagreements with China to be swiftly overcome, but we do expect China to observe the laws and obligations that it has freely accepted," Cleverly will reportedly state.