On Sunday, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak spoke in Hiroshima, Japan, and he claimed that China is the biggest threat to global security and economic growth in decades. The Western leader also noted that the fact that the Chinese leadership possesses the “means and intent” to restructure the international order is the most delicate part of this reality.
Sunak’s criticisms of Beijing are consistent with the American view of China, which is seen as the biggest geopolitical danger to the West since the demise of the Soviet Union. The Chinese government has been forecast by several analysts to overtake the United States economy by the year 2075. Many people are worried about this prospect because of Beijing’s evident disinterest in democracy and human rights.
The British Prime Minister recently made a speech in which he praised the G-7 for its “considerable unity” in addressing China’s many concerns. Sunak’s decision was seen as dangerous by some media sites because the G-7 just released a letter claiming that its strategy toward China is “de-risking” rather than “de-coupling.” In his address, however, the British leader highlighted this term, saying that the G-7 and other nations will work together to “de-risk ourselves” in light of the fragility of China’s supply chains.
The British prime minister was questioned by a reporter after his speech on whether or not the group of countries has taken adequate measures to meet Beijing’s threat. Sunak said that despite what many naysayers have claimed about a lack of “material action,” the G-7 has acknowledged the “systemic challenge” that the Chinese dictatorship offers to the international order.
Sunak’s comments regarding China may have strained relations with the French government, according to experts. After all, French President Emmanuel Macron has frequently encouraged his Western counterparts to avoid saying or doing anything that may be seen as “anti-Beijing.”