British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss warned on Wednesday that if China did not abide by global rules, its growth as a superpower would be limited, and said the West needed to ensure that Taiwan could defend itself.
Renewing calls to strengthen NATO, Truss said measures to isolate Russia from the world economy in response to the invasion of Ukraine prove that market access in democratic countries is no longer automatic.
“Countries have to play by the rules. And that includes China,” Truss said in a speech at the Mansion House in London.
China’s economic and military growth over the past 40 years is considered one of the most important geopolitical events of recent times, along with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 that ended the Cold War.
But Truss said continuing to grow is not inevitable.
“They won’t continue to grow if they don’t follow the rules. China needs to do business with the G7. We (Group of Seven) represent about half of the global economy. And we have options,” he said.
“We have shown with Russia the kind of decisions we are prepared to make when international rules are violated.”