‘Security of UK, Europe depends on Russia’s failure to succeed in war on Ukraine’

The United Kingdom regards China as an “epoch-defining challenge” to the global order and believes that the security of the UK and Europe depends on Russia’s failure to succeed in its war on Ukraine, according to an update to the UK’s strategic foreign and defence policy blueprint, Al-Jazeera reported. The 63-page assessment unveiled on Monday, emphasises the systematic and existential threat both countries offer to the UK, Europe, and the larger rules-based international order. It also toughens UK’s language and attitude towards Beijing and Moscow, the daily said. While the review for 2021 had already identified Russia as the “most acute threat to the UK’s security,” the most recent review notes that the outcome of Moscow’s war on Ukraine and “denying Russia any strategic benefit from its invasion” are now linked to the collective security of the UK and of Europe.
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in the foreword to the review said, “Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, weaponisation of energy and food supplies and irresponsible nuclear rhetoric, combined with China’s more aggressive stance in the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait, are threatening to create a world defined by danger, disorder and division. Even in 2021, when the most recent study was issued, Sunak claimed that “the pace of the geopolitical change and the depth of its impact on the UK and our people” could not have been anticipated. The review notes that the UK’s provision of 2.3 billion pounds ($2.8bn) in military and humanitarian aid to Kyiv, as well as hundreds of targeted sanctions in coordination with allies, had “already weakened the Russian war machine … and set in motion international justice for Moscow’s egregious war crimes”. According to the assessment, “The UK’s purpose will be to constrain and fight Russia’s capabilities and intent to disturb the security of the UK, the Euro-Atlantic, and the wider international order. The report also starkly warns of risks posed by China. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) “poses an epoch-defining and systemic challenge with repercussions for nearly every area of government policy and the everyday lives of British people,” according to the study. For the UK, it is troubling that Beijing has opted to maintain its close ties with Russia in spite of Moscow’s aggression against Ukraine and that China continues to flout international agreements on human rights in Hong Kong, Xinjiang, and Tibet read a report published in Al-Jazeera. Although Beijing also engaged in “rapid and opaque military modernization” and maintained its view that force may be used to reunite Taiwan with mainland China, its “new multilateralism” also posed a threat to the protection of human rights and freedoms under the UN system.

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