The Daily Express, June 20 2022, Alexander Downer
POST-Brexit global Britain must engage in the key issues of the world both in its own interests and in the interests of the broader international community.
The UK is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, is one of the largest economies in the world, is a nuclear weapon state with substantial military force projection capability and has soft power networks around the world which are unmatched by any other country.
Since the 1970s, the UK has, in spite of these strengths, turned its back on much of the world and focused its diplomacy on Europe. Now is the time to change from being a regional power to a significant global power.
To do that, the UK needs to re-engage substantially with the Indo-Pacific region. That is the region of the world which has the best long-term economic prospects yet is the source of some of the world’s most serious security tensions.
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