The implications of the UK’s ‘Integrated Review’ for Britain’s engagement with Asia was central to a briefing by Lord Ricketts, former UK National Security Advisor, today (1 June).
Speaking to Asia House Corporate Members, Lord Ricketts shared his views on the Review, what it means for Britain’s role in the world, and how it might impact businesses trading in Asia.
Lord Ricketts also outlined Britain’s potential priorities in the region, including relations with India and China.
Asia House Corporate Members joined the discussion from around the world, putting a range of questions to Lord Ricketts – who also sits on the Asia House Advisory Board.
He was asked about how the Integrated Review could have been improved; its aim to establish Britain as a tech superpower by 2030; and how the UK’s approach to Asia differs from its partners such as the US and the European Union.
The UK’s role in climate diplomacy was also discussed, as were financial services and Britain’s engagement with markets such as Japan and Taiwan.
The former National Security Advisor was also asked about UK efforts to introduce investment controls based on national security concerns.
The off-the-record briefing, chaired by Asia House Chief Executive Michael Lawrence, offered a unique perspective on the UK’s shifting approach to one of the world’s most dynamic economic regions.
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