To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has held discussions with the (a) Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the potential impact on the British economy of third-country military action against Taiwan.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department will take steps to provide training for Taiwanese soldiers.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to take steps to provide naval patrols around Taiwan.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department will take steps to provide military aid to Taiwan.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to help protect people who have fled from (a) Hong Kong, (b) Taiwan and (c) authoritarian regimes.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Secretary of State for Defence’s oral evidence to the International Relations Committee on 1st November, whether it is his Department’s policy to recognise China’s claims of sovereignty over Taiwan.
Bob Stewart: From the point of view of the security of Taiwan and of the South China sea, the Government are obviously worried about that, as they sent a fleet there and an aircraft carrier through, but we still haven’t got the—am I allowed to use the word?—balls to actually put our aircraft carrier west-about Taiwan rather than east-about. The aircraft carrier went east-about to avoid offending the Chinese, because east-about is in the Taiwan straits. We as a Parliament should demonstrate solidarity with Taiwan.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on support for the US sending troops to Taiwan to defend against potential Chinese invasion.
To ask His Majesty’s Government whether the Prime Minister has spoken to President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan following her appointment; and if not, what plans she has to do so.
The Integrated Review recognises that the Indo-Pacific region is at the centre of intensifying geopolitical competition with multiple potential flashpoints. The recent actions and remarks made by China on Taiwan are concerning. We will continue to encourage open communication and de-escalation.