On September 5, the British Conservative Party announced that former Foreign Minister Liz Truss won the election for prime minister of the United Kingdom, becoming the third woman after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May to achieve the position.
Known for her admiration for Thatcher, Truss made her position clear on relations with the CCP.
During an election debate with her opponent Rishi Sunak, Truss proposed solutions to curb the regime’s influence.
She said, “Take drastic measures against companies like TikTok, owned by the Chinese company ByteDance.” She added, “Limit technology exports to authoritarian regimes.”
Sunak was also critical of China, calling it “the greatest threat to Britain and the world’s security and prosperity in this century.”
This reflects commonalities in the political environment in the UK regarding the threat the CCP poses.
The Huawei effect
In July 2020 in the United Kingdom, the National Security Council chaired by former Prime Minister Boris Johnson dealt a blow to the Chinese technology company Huawei by prohibiting the purchase of its telecommunications equipment, especially those related to 5G networks and setting for 2027 the elimination of the pre-existing equipment in the country.
The decision was made considering that the equipment presents security risks and because of the links with the PCCH, in agreement with the analysis and the measures applied in the United States.
Huawei’s ties to the Chinese regime were also revealed in a report by the Institute for Strategic Studies of the Military Academy (IRSEM) in France. The report exposes how the CCP uses Huawei to collect a large amount of data around the world, which it then uses in military, intelligence, civilian and propaganda operations.
The infiltration of members of the Chinese regime in different areas also put the United Kingdom on alert.
A report published in December 2020 by The Mail in Sunday exposes an extensive list of CCP members working in British consulates, universities and in several of the country’s top companies, including defense companies, banks and big pharmaceuticals.
Former Tory Party Leader Iain Duncan Smith said:
“This research shows that members of the Chinese Communist Party are now spread across the globe, with members working for some of the world’s largest multinational corporations, academic institutions, and our own diplomatic services”.
“The government must now move to expel and remove any member of the Communist Party from our consuls throughout China. They can serve either the UK or the Chinese Communist Party. They cannot do both.”
The new prime minister’s stance regarding human rights violations in China is clear.
In a private meeting with Truss when she was still foreign secretary, she was asked, “Why couldn’t the UK treat China like we treat the French?” Her response, “Because the French are not committing genocide.”
Sources close to Truss said she is “personally appalled” with the CCP’s persecution of the Uyghurs.
On December 9, 2021, an independent tribunal based in London and chaired by prominent human rights lawyer Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, reviewed a great deal of evidence and testimony and ruled that the Chinese Communist Party is committing torture, crimes against humanity, and genocide against the Uyghurs and other ethnicities.
Although the court does not have the power to pass a sentence, it is recognized for the prestige of the lawyers who form it and their weight in public opinion.
Nice is known for being part of the International Court in charge of the trial against the former president of Serbia Slobodan Milosevic for genocide and crimes against humanity in the war in Yugoslavia in the 1990s.
In June 2019, Nice led a panel of experts in the world’s first independent legal review of forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China, known as The China Tribunal.
The final verdict reads, “Forced organ harvesting has been committed for years throughout China on a significant scale and … practitioners of Falun Gong have been one, and probably the main, source of organ supply.”
It goes on to say, “With regard to the Uyghurs, the Court had evidence of medical tests on a scale that could allow them, among other uses, to become an ‘organ bank.'”
In the final conclusions of the court, “The Commission of Crimes Against Humanity against Falun Gong and the Uyghurs has been proven beyond reasonable doubt …”
And, “Governments and anyone who interacts in any substantial way with the PRC [People’s Republic of China] … must now recognize that, to the extent disclosed above, they are interacting with a criminal state.”
Hong Kong and its desire for freedom
With the announcement of the victory and the appointment of the new British prime minister, not only the English celebrated. Hong Kongers see this change as one more chance to fight the CCP.
After the CCP imposed the security law in Hong Kong, citizens began to experience the consequences of living under a totalitarian system.
The lack of freedoms was followed by communist propaganda campaigns to impose its rhetoric, censorship, and repression.
The Hong Kongers found themselves in the dilemma of living in a city without freedoms or being able to escape to other countries.
The United Kingdom opened its doors and offered citizens the possibility of obtaining the British National Overseas visa to enter the country. In less than three years, more than 100,000 people benefited from this visa.
Zhong Jianhua, a Hong Kong scholar living in the UK, said that after having contact with the diaspora in his city and with those living in HK, he noticed that everyone was happy that Truss had won. His firm stance against the CCP gives exiles a breath of hope.