Liz Truss set to urge US president to oppose Beijing’s threat to ‘freedom and democracy’

Be tough on China, Joe: Prime Minister Liz Truss set to urge US president to stand with Britain against Beijing’s threat to ‘freedom and democracy in the world’ during a meeting of the UN

  • Liz Truss will urge President Joe Biden to stand firm with her on the world stage
  • The issue raised is China’s threat to “freedom and democracy in the world”
  • They will meet in New York on Wednesday at the UN General Assembly
  • Ms Truss has been a persistent critic of China’s human rights record

Liz Truss will announce her debut on the world stage this week by urging US President Joe Biden to stand firm with her against China’s threat to “freedom and democracy in the world”.

The Prime Minister is expected to raise the issue of the threat from Beijing when she flies to New York to meet Mr Biden on Wednesday at the United Nations General Assembly.

Ms Truss’ first visit to America since entering No 10 follows a summer of tensions over post-Brexit trade talks and Britain’s threat to rewrite Northern Ireland protocol, which requires customs checks surcharges on goods transported from Britain to Northern Ireland, against the wishes of the EU and Washington.

This had led to sometimes derogatory comparisons to Margaret Thatcher and headlines in American newspapers such as “Who is Liz Truss?

Liz Truss (pictured left with Joe Biden, center, and wife Jill in 2021) will announce her debut on the world stage this week by urging US President Joe Biden to stand firm with her against China’s threat to the ” freedom and democracy in the world”. ‘

But the PM’s composure during the Queen’s mourning period and tough rhetoric about China have helped change perceptions across the Atlantic, with former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton declaring her a worthy successor by Lady Thatcher.

Ms Truss has been a persistent critic of China’s record on human rights, espionage and economic imperialism over the course of her career, playing political capital in the Conservative leadership race by accusing his rival Rishi Sunak to be lenient towards Beijing as chancellor.

Last night, amid a row over China’s invitation to the Queen’s funeral, a British government source said Ms Truss would warn Mr Biden that Beijing posed a greater threat to the West than the Vladimir Putin’s Russia. The source said: “Russia has demonstrated that it poses an acute and active threat to the stability and prosperity of the West, but Liz believes that China poses the most serious long-term threat to our values ​​and our way of life.”

“At the UN this week, expect her to say that we need to learn the lessons of Ukraine and show Beijing that we will stand up for freedom and democracy in the world.”

The Prime Minister (pictured September 6) is expected to raise the issue of the threat from Beijing when she flies to New York to meet Mr Biden at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday.

The Prime Minister (pictured September 6) is expected to raise the issue of the threat from Beijing when she flies to New York to meet Mr Biden at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday.

Ms Truss will fly to the United States after the funeral for a two-day meeting at the UN in New York, meeting Mr Biden for official talks on Wednesday.

She will also deliver a major speech at the UN on ‘Global Britain’ before returning to the UK in the early hours of Thursday.

A senior diplomatic source said last night: ‘Discussions at the funeral and the events surrounding it will focus solely on the Queen and her legacy. Once she arrives in New York, it’s all business.

“The president meets with the Japanese and Korean leaders for 30 minutes, but she will take much longer. Topics under discussion include Ukraine, US-UK trade relations, China, Russia and the US-UK special relationship.

Former Ambassador Bolton said: “An assertive Ms. Truss could be a force multiplier for the United States. (She) talked about making Putin “lose in Ukraine” and suffer a “strategic defeat.”

“In contrast, Mr. Biden and his more timid advisers seem to be dragged by Congress. As Ms Truss is freed from EU parochialism, she appears poised to confront China’s aspirations for Indo-Pacific and then global hegemony.

“The 1979 election of Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister foreshadowed the election of Ronald Reagan as President. We can only hope for a recovery, and the sooner the better.

In an article before the Queen’s death, US website Politico hailed “the next Queen Liz”, dubbing her “a modern Maggie Thatcher”.

Ms Truss will fly to the United States after the funeral for a two-day meeting at the UN in New York, seeing Mr Biden (pictured September 6) for official talks on Wednesday

Ms Truss will fly to the United States after the funeral for a two-day meeting at the UN in New York, seeing Mr Biden (pictured September 6) for official talks on Wednesday

US news networks highlighted Ms Truss’ speech about the Queen’s death, helping to shape perceptions of her.

A source said: “Everyone loved Boris Johnson because he was such an awkward Brit. But no one here knew what to make of Truss. What we have seen over the past few days has hurt his critics. She has been propelled onto the world stage and has not been found wanting.

“We expect her to impress America and plan the coverage accordingly. We will broadcast her speech live and prepare files on her journey, who she is, her convictions.

“This is his big chance to shine on the world stage. These first two weeks may be the most influential of his tenure, especially when it comes to the Americans.

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Kevin E. Boling