Russia and China threaten to create global ‘danger and disorder’, Britain says
Britain cast China as representing an “epoch-defining challenge” to the world order in an update to its foreign policy framework and also said the United Kingdom’s security hinged on the outcome of the Ukraine war.
The Integrated Review (IR) hardened the language and positioning towards Beijing and Moscow from the first edition two years ago.
Interesting new visual in the new UK “Integrated Review Refresh” that wasn’t there before. UK ties to European countries. https://t.co/k4LYS282oO pic.twitter.com/Lv0rE288zn
— Daniel Fiott (@DanielFiott) March 13, 2023
“What could not be fully foreseen in 2021 was the pace of the geopolitical change and the extent of its impact on the UK and our people,” Sunak wrote in a foreword to the IR.
The update was released as Sunak visited San Diego to agree the next steps in a defence agreement, AUKUS, with US President Joe Biden and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
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While saying tensions in the Indo-Pacific “could have global consequences greater than the conflict in Ukraine”, Britain said Russia still remained the most acute threat.