LONDON — NATO should seek to increase security in the Indo-Pacific region, the British foreign secretary said while highlighting Taiwan’s need for protection from China.
In a speech on Britain’s foreign policy on Wednesday night, Liz Truss said Britain rejects “the wrong choice between Euro-Atlantic security and Indo-Pacific security” in favor of a “global NATO”.
“I think NATO must have a global perspective and be ready to address global threats,” Truss said. “We must prevent threats in the Indo-Pacific and work with allies like Japan and Australia to ensure the Pacific is protected. We must ensure that democracies like Taiwan can defend themselves.”
Western countries have argued that Russian President Vladimir Putin should not be allowed to win the war in Ukraine or be given the impression that he can invade another country with impunity amid fears this will encourage China could take aggressive action against Taiwan.
Truss’s speech echoed a similar message from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the Munich Security Conference in February.
Her comments come as NATO member states debate the Alliance’s new “strategic concept,” which outlines its mission for the coming decade and is expected to be agreed at the next NATO summit in Madrid on June 29-30.
There is lively debate among members of the alliance over how much emphasis the new document should place on security threats posed by China in the Indo-Pacific.
Truss, meanwhile, called on Western allies to provide Ukraine with fighter jets, arguing the nation’s war against Russia is “our war” because Ukraine’s victory is a “strategic imperative for all of us.”
She added: “Heavy weapons, tanks, planes – digging deep in our inventories, ramping up production. We have to do all that.”
Downing Street had previously refused to rule out training Ukrainian pilots or sending British jets to Eastern Europe. “While there are no plans to send things like planes out of the UK, we certainly want to work with other countries to ensure Ukraine has the equipment it needs,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said.
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