This is a Review that is as interested in not upsetting Washington as it is Beijing. Labelling China a ‘challenge’ rather than a ‘threat’ mirrors the language of the Biden administration.
The Prime Minister must learn from his predecessor and condemn Beijing’s hostile activity.
We need to break away from a culture that sees politics as some sort of X Factor contest.
The AUKUS alliance will merely push away France, which has been one of the most sanguine countries to oppose China’s influence.
Putin’s Russia is closer to home – remember the Salisbury attack – and Islamist extremism is already here.
A unified approach against this authoritarian power is the only way to combat Chinese influence and expansion.
It allows for criticism and negotiation provided the West stands together to call out abuses.
Furthermore, increasing global tensions make improving our defence capabilities essential.
The Chinese Communist Party has enhanced its campaign to dominate this critical waterway. Our country and its allies must act.