In a February 26 interview with the London Broadcasting Corporation (LBC), Sir John Sawers, former head of MI6, said the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has refused to establish an open system of government that allows for political debate, and has become more tyrannical internally and powerful externally for its own benefit; the U.K. must be tougher on it and work closely with European and U.S. and Asian partners to counter this threat from the CCP. This is the greatest threat from the Chinese Communist Party.
Sir John said that while there are significant challenges such as Islamic terrorism, “the biggest threat we face comes from state actors such as the Chinese (Communist) state and Russia.”
“In the last decade we have seen the Chinese (Communist) state move in a more tyrannical and brutal direction internally – repression of Hong Kong and the Uighurs, etc., the establishment of military bases in the South China Sea, etc.” and externally, Sir John said “dictatorially grabbing benefits for itself.”
“In dealing with the New Coronavirus (CCP virus or Wuhan pneumonia) world pandemic we have seen that they (CCP) …… are very uncooperative with the World health Organization and they are trying to manipulate the control of personal protective equipment, etc… …,” Sir John said. He also noted that the Chinese Communist Party is “a powerful regime that causes trouble and is difficult to live with.
“I think the Chinese (Communist Party) is now comparable to the United States in terms of economic size, but it has decided to refuse to have an open political system in the country where political debate can take place,” Sir John said.
Sir John pointed out that the British government has to hit back with a tougher attitude toward the Chinese Communist Party’s acquisition of high-tech institutions in Britain and the sending of foreign students on sensitive subjects. “We are right to be wary of Chinese (Communist) acquisitions of our technology companies, sending their students to British universities to explore highly sensitive defense subjects, etc., and we must take a tougher stance on these matters.”
Sir John stressed that while Russia, like China, is trying to “undermine the West” through cyber attacks and “funding political polarization,” Russia “still has a powerful military. …… it is capable of disrupting the West”, but “Russia …… is heavily dependent on oil and gas revenues, for example, and it will not become a major world power from an economic point of view “
Sir John Sawers, former head of MI6, said in a Feb. 26 interview with the London Broadcasting Corporation (LBC) that the Chinese Communist Party refuses to establish an open system of government that allows for political debate and is more tyrannical internally and powerful externally for its own benefit; Britain must be tougher on it and work closely with its European and U.S. and Asian partners to counter this greatest threat from the Chinese Communist Party. This is the greatest threat from the Chinese Communist Party.
Sir John also stressed: “We cannot contain the Chinese Communist regime as we did the Soviet Union, we have to compete and challenge it in every field. So Britain must remain politically united at Home and internationally with its coalition partners.” To more effectively confront and compete with the Chinese Communist Party, he said, “the Western alliance must adopt a common attitude toward the Chinese (Communist) state.
Sir John also noted that in order to counter the Communist regime, the U.K. must partner with Europe and Asia, including Japan, South Korea and India, while strengthening cooperation with the Five Eyes Alliance countries. He believes that the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump/Trump, is the first American president to truly challenge the Chinese (Communist) regime, and he is doing the right thing.
Sir John expressed his satisfaction with the measures taken by the British government against the Chinese Communist Party, which he considered a “very positive step” forward in the decision to allow Hong Kong citizens to travel to the United Kingdom after the Communist Party tore up the Sino-British Joint Declaration and imposed totalitarian rule in Hong Kong.