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Dig at Liz Truss over Taiwan visit where she will tell West to ‘get real’ on military aid

The Government has attacked Liz Truss in advance of her high-profile visit to Taiwan, where she will be urging a more aggressive stance towards China.

During his visit, former Prime Minister will tell the West to “get real about military and defense cooperation” and warn there can be no “meaningful deterrence” without “hard power”.

A government source said that the UK’s position towards Taiwan remained “unchanged”, both when she was foreign secretary and at Downing Street.

Ms Truss’s trip to Taiwan, where she will meet officials of the Taiwanese Government, takes place at a time when relations between an assertive Beijing and a Western-led West are sensitive.


Chinaclaims sovereign over self-ruled Taiwan, and claims that the island is part of a “one China”, governed by Beijing.

It refused to exclude the use of violence to enforce its claims.

The Sunday Express reports that Ms Truss will be expected to state: “We can’t pretend there is meaningful deterrence if we don’t use hard power.”

“And if you are serious about preventing a conflict in the South China Sea we must be real about our military and defence collaboration.”

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Taiwan says China is preparing to “launch a war”

She will also say: “I am a great admirer of Taiwan, and I have come to Taiwan this week on the invitation of the Taiwanese government. I will do everything I can to ensure your success.

I want to raise awareness of your position around the globe.

“I’m also here because, to me, this is the most important place in the entire world. This is where the most significant struggle of our times takes place.

“We are at the forefront of the global struggle for freedom.”

The Chinese Communist Party has made it clear that they are in a struggle for ideology with the free world.

This is as much a struggle of ideas as it is a bid to gain power on the world stage.

China refuses to rule out using force against Taiwan. Photo: AP

Former Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary, who served in No. 10 for 44 days, after a disastrous reaction to her mini-budget. She will also support Taiwan’s membership of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership.

She will add that “not only would Taiwan’s joining the UK boost UK-Taiwan commerce, which currently stands at £8.5bn, but it would also help to generate further economic connections and resilience for this important democratic country.”

The UK should work with other key members to accelerate Taiwan’s entry.

“It’s also important that China be barred from joining CPTPP.”

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US “determined” to preserve Taiwan’s Democracy

In March, Mr Sunak’s government updated its integrated review of UK foreign and defence policies to include China as an “epochal and systemic threat”.

A government source stated: “The policy of the government towards Taiwan has been established and consistent for a long time.”

It remained the same during the time Liz Truss served as foreign secretary and premier, and it is still the same today.

The tensions between China and Taiwan have been heightened by the visits of Western politicians to Taiwan.

Beijing condemned the trip of Nancy Pelosi, former US House Speaker, to Taiwan last year as a provocation. Military exercises were conducted around Taiwan soon after her arrival.


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