China warning: IDS condemns Beijing as he demands countries take on abusive regime

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Sir Iain Duncan Smith hit out at China’s problems as he urged countries to take on the threat of Beijing on the natural order. The former Conservative leader explained countries need to come together to resolve China’s issues as he detailed their consistent lack of transparency in the coronavirus outbreak. It comes as Sir Iain and Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws were announced as the UK leaders of the new Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC).

Speaking to Radio 4’s Today programme, Sir Iain said: “The problem at the moment is China is treated by individual countries and looked at in different ways, each individual country gets picked off by China.

“Australia called for an independent review of the COVID-19 outbreak and China has dumped on them very hard.

“It’s attacked their politicians, their sanctions. It happens to anybody who even bothers to criticise.

“We thought coming together to deal with this as a group to say, ‘China abuses human rights issues, issues around territorial problems which they ignore the UN’s findings on’.

“They also have problems with Taiwan, they’ve brought in this new law in Hong Kong cracking down there.

“There’s a whole series of areas where we need to come together and recognise while China is a great nation, it’s posing a threat to the natural order and we need to come together to resolve that.”

His comments come as a former military commander has warned that China is flexing its muscles like Nazi Germany did under Adolf Hitler in the 1930s.

Lord West of Spithead, who was head of the Royal Navy and also served as chief of defence intelligence, accused Beijing of exploiting coronavirus, which originated in the country, “to see what they can get away with”.

He stressed the need for action arguing that, as with Hitler, appeasement would only encourage “bad behaviour” and could eventually lead to war.

Lord West was among a series of peers in a parliamentary debate to condemn the Chinese regime over its plans to gain more control over Hong Kong with a proposed national security law.

The measure passed by China’s National People’s Congress will alter the former British colony’s mini-constitution, or Basic Law, to require its government to enforce measures to be decided later by Chinese leaders.


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Critics argue it rips up the “one Country, two Systems” agreement, under which Hong Kong was returned to Chinese rule in 1997, that guaranteed the territory a high degree of autonomy for 50 years.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has already announced that the UK is ready to open the door to almost three million Hong Kong citizens if China presses ahead with the law.

The House of Lords debate on the current crisis coincided with the 31st anniversary of China’s crushing of a democracy movement with the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Labour peer and former security minister Lord West said: “China is flexing its muscles rather like Hitler’s Germany in the early 1930s using the distraction caused by the Wuhan virus to see what they can get away with.

“The new national security law will fatally damage the ‘one Country, two systems’ agreement on Hong Kong.”

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