Sir Tony Blair rallies the West to counter rise of China as ‘the world’s second superpower’
- The former PM said Western powers need to build ties with developing nations
- Sir Tony, 69, said China had caught up with the United States in technology
- He urged Western nations to come together to counter the rise of China
The former prime minister called for a policy towards Beijing of ‘strength plus engagement’ as he warned that the era of Western political and economic dominance was coming to an end.
He said Western powers needed to increase their defence spending while extending their ‘soft power’ by building ties with developing nations.
At the same time, he added, they needed urgently to end the ‘craziness’ in their domestic politics and to restore ‘reason and strategy’.
Sir Tony Blair, 69 has urged Western nations to come together to develop a strategy to counter the rise of China as ‘the world’s second superpower’
On China, Sir Tony, 69, said that it had already caught up with the United States in many fields of technology, while President Xi Jinping had made no secret of his ambition to return Taiwan to Beijing’s rule.
At the same time, President Vladimir Putin’s ‘brutal and unjustified’ invasion of Ukraine showed they could no longer automatically expect major world powers to abide by accepted international norms.