‘Very shortly’ we are going to be challenged on a ‘bigger scale’ by China and by Russia
Sky News Australia
Western powers must find a “unity and a purpose” because very shortly we are going to be challenged on a bigger scale by China and by Russia, according to UK House of Commons Member Sir Iain Duncan Smith.
“I felt ashamed, I’ll be quite frank with you, ashamed about all of us really America, Britain . . . who espouse the values of tolerance, democracy, human rights, the rule of law,” he told Sky News host Peta Credlin.
“And how we were literally tumbling out of Afghanistan being pursued by a group of people who are relatively lightly armed and who have now dismissed you can argue some of the world’s greatest powers particularly the world’s greatest super power.
“Here we stand at the threshold of a genuine and serious geo-political threat.
“We see the advance now of those authoritarian states; Russia, China and their acolytes – we see that they are hellbent on growing their ideology not just their territorial size.
“And what we are now seeming to be doing is departing from what is actually a very strategic part of the world because it borders Russia, close to Russia it’s close to China, it’s above Pakistan who seems to have thrown in their cards completely with the Chinese now.”
Mr. Duncan Smith said the “most telling” part was the Chinese mouthpiece the Global Times telling Taiwan to “look out” because “America will not be there for you – we’re coming”.
“We have to figure out what we’re going to do because very shortly we’re going to be challenged on a bigger scale by China and by Russia – and we need to have a unity and a purpose,” he said.