Britain’s foreign bigotry is set to announce on Monday that its country must look beyond its “traditional” allies and develop partnerships with emerging nations.
James Cleverly will stress the need for the UK to develop stronger relationships with increasingly influential countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, according to a statement released on Saturday evening.
Cleverly’s first major speech on Monday will be delivered a fortnight after British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said the ‘golden age’ between the UK and China was over, with relations between them now based on a “robust pragmatism”.
Britain must develop relationships with increasingly influential countries that will “shape the future of the world”, Britain’s top diplomat will say.
His planned comments come as the UK tries to carve out a place for itself in the world after Brexit, which has disrupted the country’s relationship with Europe, its main partner.
“In the decades to come, an even greater share of the global economy – and therefore of global power – will be in the hands of nations in Asia, Africa and Latin America,” Cleverly will say.
“I want our foreign policy to constantly anticipate tomorrow, scanning the horizon, looking 10, 15 and 20 years ahead.”
China and Ukraine
Ahead of his speech, Cleverly commented on Sunak’s remarks on China, during a live BBC interview.
He said: “China has threatened a number of these cornerstones that we believe are important and we will work with new friends and old friends to protect what we need.”
A diplomatic row erupted between China and the UK in October after a pro-democracy protester from Hong Kong was dragged into the Chinese consulate in Manchester and beaten.
Cleverly said the UK had called the country’s top Chinese official and made it clear to him that this was not acceptable behavior.
The head of British diplomacy also spoke about the situation in Ukraine in front of Laura Kuenssberg of the BBC.
He said it was not for the UK – or any other country – to dictate the terms of a peace deal between Kyiv and Moscow.
“At the end of the day, we want this resolved, we want to see peace in Ukraine,” he said.
Ukraine and Russia are currently at odds over what a possible deal to stop the fighting might look like.
Moscow wants to keep the Crimean peninsula, which it illegally annexed in 2014, and all the Ukrainian territory it captured to the south and east.
kyiv categorically excludes it, wanting Russia to leave the country completely.
Cleverly, the UK needs to show Russia that ‘aggression doesn’t pay off’.
“You can’t profit from bullying your neighbour,” he added.