British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said that the "golden era" of relations with China is over. Beijing is challenging Europe. This was reported by Reuters.
Earlier, MI5 accused Beijing of manipulating the creation of Britain's society. After which Sunak said that it was necessary to find a new approach to Beijing, built on tough pragmatism rather than rhetoric.
The British prime minister stressed that we must forget the naïve idea that trade will lead to political and social reform.
Rishi Sunak noted that China is overusing its influence and expanding it globally. According to the British politician, China's authoritarianism is in conflict with Western values and needs to be countered.
Rishi Sunak stated that it is necessary to limit the influence of countries on each other as relations between them are becoming more and more rigid.
At the same time, London cannot ignore the importance and role of Beijing in world affairs, Sunak stressed. The politician said Australia, Canada, the United States, Japan and other countries are also aware of this.