Tobias Ellwood, who chairs the Commons Defence Committee, mentioned the west can not afford to lose “one other democratic accomplice” within the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
It is so essential to know what’s going on right here and put together for what may be coming over the hill
MPs from the International Affairs Committee are visiting Taiwan, which China claims as its territory, till Saturday and assembly dignitaries amid strained UK relations with Beijing.
“President Xi (Jinping) has made it clear that it (China) will use forces essential to take this island and I feel there are classes to be discovered from Ukraine,” Mr Ellwood instructed Sky Information from Taipei.
“China is now getting extra aggressive, extra assertive, and if President Xi fulfils his promise, the influence could be enormous.”
It could give China momentum to additional pursue its authority authoritarian agenda, he mentioned.
“How would the west take care of that – dropping one other democratic accomplice? So it’s so essential to know what’s going on right here and put together for what may be coming over the hill.”
The go to follows heightened tensions between the west and China over US Home speaker Nancy Pelosi’s journey to the self-ruling island in August, which prompted Mr Xi to sever some diplomatic ties.
Requested about China’s doable response to British MPs visiting Taiwan, Mr Ellwood mentioned: “China reacted very angrily, eager to shoo any politician from coming right here to see what’s occurring.
“That interferes with their plans, however there are 23 million individuals right here who’ve, I feel, a really totally different view about that.”
He praised Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s assertion that the “golden period” of UK-Chinese language relations is over however added: “We do have to go additional and supporting Taiwan has acquired to be excessive on the agenda.”