Jenny Bates, Director General, Indo-Pacific in the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) shared her views on the UK’s priorities in the Indo-Pacific and outlined how the government aims to secure the country’s position in the region during an Asia House briefing on 9 November.
Speaking with Asia House Corporate Members, Jenny provided updates on the UK’s long-term foreign policy agenda concerning the Indo-Pacific. The UK’s broader relations with the region through its accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), ASEAN-UK Dialogue Partnership, Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Dialogue Partnership, and Just Energy Transition Partnerships (JETPs) with Indonesia and Vietnam were also discussed at the off-the-record briefing.
Members of Asia House asked Jenny a range of questions, with the multi-faceted UK-India relations and impending free trade agreement a key topic. Jenny was also asked about her views on the new Hong Kong government, the UK’s supply chain resilience, the implication of the upcoming US elections on China-Taiwan tensions, and the continuity of the UK’s Indo-Pacific strategy under a potential Labour government.
Chaired by Asia House Chief Executive Michael Lawrence OBE, the briefing offered Asia House Corporate Members insights into the latest UK thinking on the Indo-Pacific and the government’s engagement with the wider region.
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