Gloves off in not-so delicate approach to China challenge, both in UK and further abroad.
‘China threat’ emerges in key elections from UK to Australia
It’s not just the economy. While inflation and recession fears weigh heavily on the minds of voters, another issue is popping up in political campaigns from the UK and Australia, to the US and beyond: the “China threat.”
It is a stark departure from outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s business-focused “Sinophile” approach and part of a hardening of anti-China rhetoric in many Western countries and other democracies, such as Japan, that is coming out in election campaigns.
Nations for years have sought to balance promoting trade and investment with the world’s second-largest economy with concerns about China’s projection of military power, espionage and its human rights record.