Lord Owen, known to many as Lord David Anthony Llewellyn Owen, elucidated Britain’s strategic stance towards China during a recent debate in the House of Lords.
Lord Owen emphasised the grave implications of China’s decision to disregard the Hong Kong treaty.
Highlighting Britain’s maritime policy, he stated, “…the impact of seeing a British aircraft carrier in Pacific waters, supported by escort vessels from the United States, Australia and New Zealand, matters to American public opinion.”
This move, in Owen’s view, is not only a potent symbol of international unity against emerging threats but also deeply resonates with Americans, who are growing increasingly apprehensive about China’s ascendancy.
Owen noted, “Many of them [Americans] are more concerned about China than about what is happening in Ukraine.” This shift in American sentiment accentuates the importance for allies like Britain to visibly demonstrate their commitment to shared security objectives.
Reflecting on his personal connections to the U.S., Lord Owen remarked, “There is inherently in the American people a capacity to do the right thing; they have done it in two world wars—though both times a little too late.”