British Prime Minister Liz Truss to attend the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York
British Prime Minister Liz Truss chats with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida ahead of a lunch bilateral meeting at a Japanese restaurant in New York on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters/TOBY MELVILLE
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Truss, Kishida to work on countering China

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British Prime Minister Liz Truss condemned provocations over Taiwan by China in a meeting with her Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida at the United Nations General Assembly, a Downing Street spokesperson said on Tuesday.

"The Prime Minister condemned China's recent provocations over Taiwan, which threatened Japan's Special Economic Zone," a statement said.

"The leaders resolved to work together to tackle the strategic threat posed by China."

Truss and Kishida agreed on the importance of democracies working together, including through international institutions such as the G7, to constrain economic and security threats from "authoritarian regimes", the statement said.

Truss, who also met French President Emmanuel Macron in New York, plans to use her first trip abroad since taking office on Sept 6 to pledge billions of pounds of further support for Ukraine to defend itself against Russia.

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see, we're shaking hands, so it must be good!

personally I have absolute faith in these two, to save me from the Chinese bogeyman....

(^_-)

-13 ( +10 / -23 )

The UK and Japan have billions of dollars invested in China and China has billions of dollars in investment in the UK!

Japanese companies have been investing in China since the 1950s!

China, presently has outlets for its goods all over Japan.

Surely, the UK and Japan have not suddenly realized what China has already been for decades?

Security threats from China, one of the "authoritarian regimes" is dire enough to allow the UK to allow China to build an NPP or own a major bank in the UK?

UK and Japanese politicians have been exceedingly shortsighted and careless with regards to China and breaking those bonds will not be easy…

5 ( +15 / -10 )

Kishida was thinking she would be serving him tea. Must be confusing for him to see a female MP.

-6 ( +16 / -22 )

UK is at the other side of the world, and willing to help balance China's rise.

South Korea is in East Asia, next to Japan, yet so quiet when it comes to balancing China.... Someone else's problem. Not a Korea issue.

Taiwan. Again, not a Korea issue.

Quad Alliance, Yoon the new PM, has been completely quiet. Not a Korea issue, and won't join.

Would rather have UK on Japan's side, UK has it's flaws, but I would trust them 1000x more the S. Korea's flip flop Squid Games. Say Yes today, and no tomorrow.

4 ( +14 / -10 )

Two “flip floppers” both of them cannot make their minds up. Should they actually come out with a decision, then it will be changed before being implemented. Two prime ministers equally well matched.

1 ( +9 / -8 )

The rookie and the wannabe discuss how to take on China. Great.

1 ( +9 / -8 )

Two Prime Ministers who probably won’t last that long and who should be concentrating on their own countries mounting domestic problems!!!!

1 ( +10 / -9 )

Countering China!!?

You must be kidding, China is in every Household, Office, Factory, Markets, Hardware stores, Department stores, Restaurants, Game centers, Gambling pachinko, Night clubs, and even Schools.

If Japan and England as a matter of fact the rest of the world want to counter China, then they better learn how to mass produce and do it right the first time around.

Hard to counter China simply because they are getting better day by day.

6 ( +12 / -6 )

Start reforms for schools, one of the most "infiltrated" areas.

Beijing-backed Chinese language schools in UK to be replaced with teachers from Taiwan

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/18/beijing-backed-chinese-language-schools-in-uk-to-be-replaced-with-teachers-from-taiwan

I prefer traditional Chinese characters, thus it's welcoming :)

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Truss, who also met French President Emmanuel Macron in New York, plans to use her first trip abroad since taking office on Sept 6 to pledge billions of pounds of further support for Ukraine to defend itself against Russia.

22% of the British population is now living in poverty, inflation is expected to reach 18% next January and the Financial Times just declared the UK is a "poor country with some very rich people". Yet this haunted ventriloquist's dummy pretending to be the leader of the country is giving billions to a bunch of Nazi stooges so they can sacrifice their countrymen in killing Russians to appease the US State Department. Unreal.

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as thinking she would be serving him tea

Odd projection, but then there are many wanna be seen as macho-males pushing strong-male forms of authoritarianism and following their authoritarian idol because he's anti-woke, i.e. anti-equality.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Or we could try working with each other. Just an idea. Im not suggesting we adopt the 0 COVID policy, just that friendships are better for diplomacy than hostility.

Downvote if you think hostility is better for diplomacy than friendships.

4 ( +8 / -4 )

@Chabbawanga

I like your comment, friendships/diplomacy would be nice to witness.

It seems that there is no diplomats in the neighborhood!

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Truss and Kishida agreed on the importance of Democracies working together

They should have been more specific on exactly which democratic nations they are referring to !

Some of these so called authoritarian regimes are also forms of Democracies , as not all Democracies function in the same manner.

China is a democratic dictatorship and Japan more so than it would ever admit.

Furthermore one could say that the USA ,Uk ,Russia and China are authoritarian regimes that are also democracies.

Japan as always attempts to be an superior authoritarian Democracy but hasn't achieved the status

-8 ( +5 / -13 )

I wonder if they discussed US aggression against China and Japanese aggression against China, or at least what China sees as such.

For many years both Japan, China and Taiwan claimed the Senkakus, and it was no problem until the ultra-nationalist Ishihara tried to buy them.

For many years China has accepted silent recognition of Taiwan, but recently the US has been too vocal about its recognition of Taiwan.

-4 ( +5 / -9 )

China is a democratic dictatorship

China is not democratic.

8 ( +13 / -5 )

Our beloved PM, China bashing wherever he goes. However, I like the fact that he is spreading the anti restrictive mask message.

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Surely, the UK and Japan have not suddenly realized what China has already been for decades?

Until Xi Jinping ascended to the Presidency of the PRC and General Secretary of the CCP, it was actually looking like China might gradually liberalize and democratize. During the second term of Xi's immediate predecessor Hu Jintao there were experiments with competitive elections of local officials in some smaller cities and there was even a debate in the People's Congress regarding permitting private land ownership. The premise of trade and social contact with China was that it would gradually change it as had happened in Taiwan and South Korea. Both nations were ruled by horrible dictatorships but contact with the west led to democratic change. Many felt that the same would be true of the PRC and until Xi Jinping became General Secretary it looked like this might work with China.

And perhaps I am a hopeless optimist but I still think it will work. Too many Chinese have family member in the west, have gone to school in western universities and have lived and traveled abroad. They are not naive and know their government is oppressive and dishonest. With both Taiwan and South Korea it took tragic violence by their governments against their people to get their people to rise up and run the dictators out. We may have to wait a bit more but it would not surprise me if that same fate awaits the CCP. The PRC may yet democratize and the many problems China faces from drying up rivers to lack of electrical power to the looming collapse of the real estate and trust industries could create the social upheaval that drives the CCP from power.

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China is a democratic dictatorship 

That is a non sequitur . It is impossible to be both democratic and a dictatorship.

There is nothing even remotely democratic about China. It is an autocratic single party police state.

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provocation WTF?????????

the G7 wants the WAR, Mr KISHIDA is representing who??

-12 ( +2 / -14 )

Japan has never been a democratic nation, it is a tatemae nation!

-6 ( +7 / -13 )

Does he speak English?

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

When the Emperor's no mask wearing at the late Queen's funeral was shown and discussed and received a lot of coverage on the Japanese news, the Gov. had the Health Minister come out saying that, they only went maskless at the funeral because they didn't want to look strange as the only masked ones there, and that the situation of Covid was different in the UK vs Japan, OK.

What will they now have to say about this photo which is in NY?

The Japanese media can't really agree (or state publically anyway) with Biden - that the pandemic is over and PM Kishida doesn't need to wear in the US. Maybe NY BA5 is different than the Japan centric BA5?

Hence the need for continued mask reccomedations here?

Looking forwrd to how they try to spin this alongside other 'global get together thoughts' on solving various 'issues'.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Financial Times just declared the UK is a "poor country with some very rich people".

Football stadiums are packed, pubs are packed, Grand Prix race tickets are sold out for the next 2 years already, people from actual poor coutries dream of living in a place like UK.

Financial Times havent seen what actual poverty looks like.

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If Japan and England as a matter of fact the rest of the world want to counter China, then they better learn how to mass produce and do it right the first time around.

Hard to counter China simply because they are getting better day by day.

China started mass-spreading covid, and Beijing is still practicing mass-lockdowns against people's wishes and wellbeing. Mass-testing is daily and compulsory while mass profits only go to growing covid-related businesses. Mass covid infections and deads are non-or under-reported.

Other smart countries never have to learn such mass-nonsense from China.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Financial Times just declared the UK is a "poor country with some very rich people".

That's the article that talked about the UK shortly falling below Slovenia and below Poland by 2030, isn't it? One of the driving factors behind Brexit was resentment at Polish workers coming to the UK and supposedly feasting on its benefit system. My parents mentioned it dozens of times, so it must have been in the papers they read dozens of times.

fwiw, the FT is owned by Nikkei and pulls no punches to help the Tories.

As for China, it's Japan's number one trading partner. The UK is the perfect example of what you shouldn't do with your number one trading partner, and I hope Kishida takes note. If the US wants to poke a stick at China, there is no need for Japan to get involved.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Asian countries are trading prosperously , why the need to listen to UK , trouble maker , failed economy country .

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

Liz Truss and Kishida banding together against China?China is Japan's former enemy which Japan tried to conquer in the thirties and, remains in China's memory forever in the war memorial in Nanking.

"Action without insight is a terrible thing." quotation from Wolfgang Goethe German writer and philosopher over two hundred years ago.

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

@Chabbawanga

Very true. A dialogue together instead of creation division with no contact.

"All you need is love!"

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@strangerland - China is not democratic

@Desert Tortoise - it is impossible to be both democratic and a dictatorship

Allow me to broaden your understanding of China by being constructively critical by correcting you.

And i quote -

The constitution of the peoples republic of china (PRC) state that its form of goverment is 'peoples democratic dictatorship' but governed by the CCP (chinese comunist party)

I hope you don't think i just dreamed it up ?

Perhaps you two should research the PRC and see what it tells you.

Chinese people do vote by the way .

And no not all Democracies function in the same manner just because the USA has said its form of democracy is how the rest of the world should view what a democracy is supposed to be.

And please don't assume iam defending China or pro China because iam not.

-10 ( +2 / -12 )

Brilliant. I sleep easier knowing these 2 are on the case.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

For many years China has accepted silent recognition of Taiwan

No that's not true !

Officially China and Taiwan are still engaged in civil war.

China has never recognized Taiwanese sovereignty.

China and most of the worlds 195 countries do not recognize Taiwan independence.

China wants Taiwan to be part of it's one China two systems along with Hongkong and Macau.

It's more than reasonable to assume that is exactly what will happen as China is determined to unification.

And ridiculously the USA and Japan and the UK formally recognize the one China policy and the two systems.

But no for China to be launching missiles into Japan territory waters isn't good.

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

Does he speak English?

If he's talking with Liz, he'd be none the wiser if he could.

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Truss, Kishida to work on countering China:

The only thing non-trustworthy Truss knows is to quickly condemn China's recent provocations over Taiwan.

Can she define provocation?

Could she differentiate who is provoking whom? If not, avoid jumping into rash sweeping statement..

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

The constitution of the peoples republic of china (PRC) state that its form of goverment is 'peoples democratic dictatorship' but governed by the CCP (chinese comunist party)

Who cares what they say, it's what they do that defines whether they are democratic or not. They are not. China is not democratic.

But the CCP is a dictatorship.

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LOL.

what a "result".

they could "decide" that online,did not need waste taxpayers money for meaningless meeting.

how abt carbon footprint?

no word i see...all "kosher"

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Truss should focus on getting readmitted by EU. Her country is a wreckage by Brexit

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Not expecting much from this useless new PM.

You have to be unbelievably bad to be a worse foreign secretary than Boris was, but Liz Truss achieved it by a long way.

I'm a life long Tory but this Muppets Show is just utterly appalling.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

“British Prime Minister Liz Truss chays with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida”

I do enjot a nice chay over yea and biscuiys.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

That's the article that talked about the UK shortly falling below Slovenia and below Poland by 2030, isn't it?

That’s the one. Can you imagine Polish workers in 2030 moving to the UK and having to accept a pay cut? 12 years of Tory austerity right there...

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