British Prime Minister Liz Truss criticised China’s actions in relation to Taiwan at the United Nations General Assembly in a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, according to a Downing Street spokesperson. The statement noted that China’s recent actions had threatened Japan’s Special Economic Zone. They agreed to work together to tackle China’s strategic threat.
Working through international institutions like the G7, democracies must work together to constrain economic and security threats from authoritarian regimes, according to a joint statement from Truss and Kishida. The two met in New York to discuss how democracies can work together. Truss plans to pledge billions of pounds of additional support for Ukraine to defend itself against Russia on her first foreign trip since taking office in September.
China has never renounced the use of force to bring Taiwan under its control, which it regards as its own territory. Taiwan, which is democratically governed and which China claims as part of its own territory, strongly objects to China’s sovereignty claims. Britain’s backing of Lithuania’s Gitanas Nauseda, who is embroiled in a trade dispute with China, is emphasised after the meeting with Emmanuel Macron.