Rishi Sunak says UK could send weapons to Taiwan
- The prime minister has refused to rule out sending arms to Taipei as the government updates its integrated security, defence and foreign policy
- Sunak added he is hoping to have a chance to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Bali
“We stand ready to support Taiwan, as we do in standing up to Chinese aggression,” Sunak told reporters travelling with him to the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia. Asked if sending arms is the correct approach, Sunak replied: “We’re considering all these things” as part of the so-called integrated review.
Bloomberg reported this month that Truss had planned to take a tougher line, whereas Sunak’s government is unlikely to go much beyond the condemnation of Beijing’s human rights records and emphasising the UK view of the Indo-Pacific as a region of strategic concern.
“In light of the global increase in energy prices sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the prime minister said he hoped the UK and Saudi Arabia could continue to work together to stabilise energy markets,” the spokesperson said in a statement issued following the meeting at the G20 summit.
Additional reporting by Reuters