UK’s foreign secretary, David Cameron pledges positive relations with China

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi leaves after signing a condolence book for the late Henry Kissinger at the U.S. embassy in Beijing, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023. Ng Han Guan/Pool via REUTERS

Cameron, the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, has expressed his commitment to maintaining and strengthening engagement with China. This comes after his discussions with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Tuesday.

Both leaders emphasized their shared goal of fostering a positive relationship and highlighted the importance of collaboration on that front.

As a minister during the period known as the “golden era” of UK-China relations, Lord Cameron acknowledged the significance of continuing dialogue with China despite changing geopolitical dynamics. The talks encompassed topics including developments in Israel and Gaza as well as Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

In a tweet on X, Lord Cameron stated that, “The UK will continue to engage with China where it furthers our interests”. The conversation underscored the Foreign Secretary’s dedication to cooperation while addressing pressing global issues.

There were concerns within the Conservative Party regarding Cameron’s appointment as minister under Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. However Sunak has made it clear that his government’s approach towards China will differ from that of the ‘golden era’ strategy.

During a speech on policy, Sunak described the pursuit of economic connections in the past decade as “naive” and highlighted the need for a more balanced approach that takes into account national security interests while also promoting cooperation on trade and climate change.

Lord Cameron’s statement, highlights the UK’s commitment to navigating the complex international landscape. He emphasizes building a strong diplomatic relationship with China that prioritizes the UK’s interests in a changing world.

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