24 November 2020
Sir Iain Duncan Smith calls on the Foreign Secretary to publicly condemn Chinese attacks on Australia

Sir Iain Duncan Smith calls on the Foreign Secretary to publicly condemn Chinese pressure and economic sanctions against Australia.

Sir Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green) (Con)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has witnessed the most appalling attacks and bullying by the dictatorial Chinese Government against Australia, including sanctions just because it asked for an independent inquiry into the covid issue. We stand together with our oldest friend and ally, so will the Secretary of State please now publicly condemn the actions of China, and support Australia at this very difficult time?

Dominic Raab

We stand absolutely shoulder to shoulder with Australia. I had exchanges with Marise Payne, the Australian Foreign Minister, at the weekend, and as we have shown, not just on the issue that my right hon. Friend has mentioned, but on Hong Kong, with the Five Eyes alliance, we will always stand shoulder to shoulder to make sure that we protect our key interests, protect our values, and show the solidarity that he expects and requires.