Britain on Monday confirmed a course of confrontation with Beijing and Moscow as it sought to establish its place in the world after Brexit.
China’s ambassador to London warned of “consequences” if Britain considers its country as a “hostile” force in dealings with Hong Kong and Huawei Technologies Co., while Russian authorities list people approved for human rights abuses Above all, provoked a threat. Retaliation from the Kremlin.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Rabb, presenting the sanctions, told Parliament, “As we create a dynamic new vision for a truly global Britain, this government is fully committed to the United Kingdom. They said” those brave souls To maintain the flame of freedom that still suffers in the darkest corners of the world. “
The announcement of targeted sanctions on 49 individuals and organizations for human rights abuses led to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s immediate call from senior Conservative Party MPs for similar sanctions on China. This demand ignites a strain for Britain as it seeks trade deals around the world after Brexit while trying to establish itself as the champion of independence.
“Britain’s future means balancing various interests and some difficult choices,” said Tom Tugendat, chairman of the Conservative and Parliament’s foreign affairs committee. “But to get through this we need to remember what really matters and hold onto the core beliefs – none more than the rule of law.”
Tugindat was called for sanctions by former Tory leader Ian Duncan Smith, joined as lawmakers currently confined to Russia, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar and North Korea, to Chinese authorities for the suppression of protests in Hong Kong and human rights abuses Extended to. Uighur Muslim minority in Xinjiang. Some said that Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam should be added to the list.
Rab did not include Chinese citizens and said he was already working on the next round of sanctions, which he said lawmakers are a “forensic tool” and must be legally undisputed before they are implemented.
After tensions rose, it was revealed that Britain was preparing to stage Huawei for plans for a fifth-generation telecommunications network, prompting a strong response from Chinese Ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming.
He accused Britain of bidding on the Chinese technology giant after the US bid and criticized the reaction to the crackdown on demonstrations in Hong Kong. Last week Johnson proposed citizenship to around 3 million residents of the former UK colony.
“We want to be your friend, we want to be your partner, but if you want to make China a hostile partner, then you have to suffer the consequences.” Liu said on a video call with reporters on Monday. “If you dance to the tune of other countries, how can you call yourself Great Britain?”
A report by the UK’s National Cyberspecific Center concluded that new US sanctions meant Huawei would have to use unreliable technology, making it impossible to control security risks, a person familiar with the matter said.
Officials said plans to remove the existing Huawei kit are being planned, although an exact timeline has yet to be determined, the person said, who has not been named to discuss unpublished proposals.
Johnson, who decided the US trade deal as the focal point of his international plans after Britain left the European Union, was under heavy pressure from US President Donald Trump’s administration to drop Huawei from its plans. Washington warned that future security cooperation could be jeopardized if London pressures the company if ministers approve of their participation in January.
Monday’s sanctions were announced as Raab laid down the British version of the American Magnetsky Act. They included 20 Saudi citizens killing columnist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 and visa restrictions and property freezes for two government entities in charge of North Korea’s prison camps.
Action against Saudi citizens marks a change for Britain, which has long considered the state an important ally and trade partner in the Middle East. Raab was asked in Parliament whether sanctions would be extended to others in Saudi rule and neighboring countries, including Bahrain and the UAE.
Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Lisa Nandi said, “If this marks the beginning of a more consistent approach toward the government towards Saudi Arabia and the sale of weapons being used to harm innocent civilians in Yemen, it would be welcome.” Will be eligible. ” Opposition Labor Party, told parliament.
The Magnitsky Act is named after Sergei Magnitsky, who died in prison in 2009 when officers were accused of being involved in tax fraud, and the list includes the individuals involved in his case. Twenty-five Russians were nominated by the Foreign Office.
Raab, who compared Magnitsky to Soviet-era disgruntled Alexander Solgenitsyn, said that targeting individuals rather than states would “allow us to engage bilaterally with countries that, frankly, we need to do.” “
The idea was not shared by Russia, stating that targeting Britain’s judges and prosecutors was an “attack” on judicial independence.
Russia’s embassy in London said in a statement, “Russia has reserved the right to respond to today’s unfriendly decision by Britain on the basis of reciprocity.” “It will not improve Russian-British relations.”
Report by hindustantimes.com