Johnson must not fall for the myth that China is a coming global power, or that it won’t trade with Britain if the Government gets tough on human rights.
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Benedict Rogers: Do I support those hurling molotov cocktails or attacking policemen in Hong Kong? No. But I understand them.
They want to defend their way of life, their basic freedoms, their human rights, all of which they see as increasingly threatened by Xi Jinping’s brutal regime.
Jeremy Hunt was the best Foreign Secretary of recent times – and his successor’s record gives me hope he will build on that legacy.
We don’t need a ‘Brexiteer’ leader, we need a unifier, a leader who is not marked by labels but by their ability to implement the referendum result.
Despite only a short democratic history, the world’s largest Muslim nation could be a powerful force for pluralism and tolerance.
My only criticism of the Defence Secretary? That he was too diplomatic.
Benedict Rogers: Hunt’s review of British policy on the persecution of Christians is crucial and courageous
The Foreign Secretary had already impressed me with his focus on human rights. Now he has created new hope for Christians around the world.
CCTV is closely entwined with the ruling Communist Party. If it is to operate in London, we must not fail to uphold British values.
Benedict Rogers: Hunt has made a strong start in placing values at the heart of British foreign policy
From Hong Kong to Yemen to Burma the Foreign Secretary is making positive steps. There is still more to do, however.
If Taiwan stands, democracy prevails, but if it falls, democracy worldwide is in jeopardy. Where our interests lie ought to be clear.
China is disregarding its pledge of ‘one country, two systems’ – as a result the rule of law in the territory is under threat from growing autocracy.
Benedict Rogers: The plight of Burma’s Muslims is stoking Islamist extremism here – one of many reasons why Britain must act
Britain should call in the Burmese ambassador, suspend its training programme with the Burma Army, and continue to press at the UN.
Benedict Rogers: Twenty years on from leaving Hong Kong, Britain risks selling its honour – as China flouts and abuses justice
As Patten says, the Joint Declaration gives us a specific responsibility to ensure that China’s promises are upheld – which we are not meeting.
It is a vital piece of legislation which, crucially, has drawn widespread support from a diverse range of people and organisations.
Our approach to China and Saudi Arabia is worryingly inconsistent with our declared principles.