Andrew Rosindell, Conservative, Romford Commons, To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether her Department has made assessment of the steps that the Government would take in the event that the People’s Liberation Army launched a military assault on Taiwan.
Andrew Rosindell, Conservative, Romford Commons, To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications for her Department’s policies of recent reports that China will be able to invade Taiwan by 2025.
Rob Butler: In recent weeks, there has been an alarming increase in the number of Chinese military jets staging incursions into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone. Given China’s repeated statements that reunification with Taiwan must happen, which of course the Taiwanese do not want, and China’s recent record in Hong Kong, will my right hon. Friend tell the House what diplomatic efforts are being made to strengthen UK relations in order to ensure the stability of that region?
Dr Julian Lewis, Conservative, New Forest East Commons, To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with allies on the future security of Taiwan.
Rosie Cooper, Labour, West Lancashire Commons, To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to help ensure that Taiwan can work with the international community effectively to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals and recover.
Daniel Kawczynski: I was aware that my hon. Friend was one of those esteemed colleagues to have been sanctioned already by the Chinese Communist regime, and it would be an honour to serve alongside him with that accolade. Yes, of course I will be coming on to Taiwan. He anticipated that key issue, which I intend to raise. Some of us Conservative MPs enjoy regular meetings with the Taiwanese ambassador at his embassy, where we listen to Taiwan’s perspective, and I appreciate doing that.
Lord Tunnicliffe, Labour, Life peer Lords, To ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact, if any, rising tensions between China and Taiwan have had on the route for the carrier strike group.
Lord Blencathra, Conservative, Life peer Lords, To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to allow Taiwanese representatives to participate in informal gatherings at COP26.
Lord Blencathra, Conservative, Life peer Lords, To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to ensure that Taiwan is represented at COP26.
Mrs Theresa May, (Maidenhead) (Con): My right hon. Friend said yesterday that this partnership has
“the aim of working hand in glove to preserve security and stability in the Indo-Pacific.” What are the implications of this pact for the stance and response the United Kingdom would take should China attempt to invade Taiwan?