To counter the influence of “malign actors and authoritarian nations,” Britain’s new Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, said on Sunday that the UK wants to forge trade and security deals with India and other freedom-loving democratic countries in the critical Indo-Pacific area.
Truss, who was the International Trade Secretary until her recent promotion within the UK Cabinet, was in charge of talks with India on a future Free Trade Agreement (FTA), said she is eager to strike more deals along the lines of AUKUS, the trilateral security alliance between Australia, the UK, and the US, which is widely seen as a counter-balance to China.
Last month, US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and his Australian colleague Scott Morrison established the partnership, which is widely perceived as a move to challenge China’s dominance in the disputed South China Sea.
More economic and security accords are something we’d like to work on with our friends and allies. Truss told The Sunday Times in her first major interview since taking over the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office that AUKUS is about protecting trade routes and shipping routes specifically with Australia, but she wants to look at expanding security support in the same areas with India, Japan, and Canada (FCDO). We will be able to form deeper security agreements with some countries than others. After serving as Trade Secretary for two years, I can attest to the fact that the United Kingdom is well regarded. People know we’re trustworthy, and when we say we’ll do something, we actually do it, and we stick to the regulations, she explained.
Truss stated that the United Kingdom would seek alliances with freedom-loving democracies to counter the influence of malign actors and authoritarian states and that security pacts could supplement trade agreements, citing the United Kingdom’s request to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Engaging other countries who wish to see a free enterprise, open, and free trading globe prosper is a beneficial tactic. She believes it is a good technique for boosting economic strength.
The AUKUS pact was “not designed to be antagonistic” to China, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told MPs last month, but the UK was “committed to upholding international law.”The interview takes place as the Conservative Party’s annual conference begins on Sunday in Manchester, where all of the party’s senior leaders will address delegates over the next three days.
She informed the newspaper that the Prime Minister (Boris Johnson) is a strong supporter of Britain’s globalization. He wants us to be out there advocating for our ideals on a global scale while also delivering for individuals across the UK.
She continued, “What we achieved at trade, negotiating trade accords with 68 nations, was all about providing possibilities across the UK, whether it’s for our whisky industry, our car industry, or our digital industry.”