British MP Tobias Ellwood was critical of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), saying that the West must unite to stop the “geopolitical threat” it poses to the rest of the world.
In a conversation with talkRADIO, the chairman of the House of Commons Select Committee on Defense said he would like Prime Minister Boris Johnson “to stand up as Winston Churchill did and say that there is a geopolitical threat here and the West needs to stand together.”
Ellwood’s statements come less than a month after the UK government decided to ban the Chinese company Huawei from participating in the country’s 5G network infrastructure.
It should be noted that such a decision by the Johnson government was in line with the views of the White House, which also prohibited Huawei’s participation in the U.S. 5G network after confirming that the company has strong links with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and represents a threat to America.
That’s why Elwood said the West needs to “better understand China.”
“We’re now confronting an awkward reality that we’ve been in complete denial politically and economically to ignore China’s [the CCP’s] democratic deficit and human rights record,” he said in an Aug. 4 Daily Express statement.
“We can no longer ignore the fact that this is a communist regime,” he said.
Elwood said the key is to downplay the importance of trade between the two nations, which last year exceeded $80 billion.
He said, the West should unite to have a common policy to confront the Chinese Communist Party.
“Trade is the issue here. The Achilles heel with China [the CCP] is the fact that it can only grow by trading with the rest of the world,” he said.
“That’s different to the Soviet Union itself. We can only challenge that trade because it’s plucking countries one by one from the international community,” he said.
When conservative Boris Johnson won the general election in December 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump was one of the first to congratulate him, saying his victory would open the way for a trade agreement between the two nations, which would allow CCP’s influence to be undermined.
The British government also announced in June that it was seeking to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the alliance that unites 11 countries, including Japan, Canada, and Australia and is seen by some in Westminster as another important reinforcement in Britain’s new stance against the impact that a hardening of its relations with the CCP could generate.