She has caused an uproar by questioning whether French President Emmanuel Macron was a trusted ally and pursued a policy in Northern Ireland that upsets the White House.
If Liz Truss becomes prime minister on September 5th, she will bring a dorky bag to the top tables of the international arena.
The challenge gets thicker and faster. From the war in Ukraine, the global energy crisis and urgent calls for deeper action on the climate crisis, the world is calling for leadership from major economies, and the UK is one of them.
Within weeks of arriving in Downing Street, Truss will address the United Nations General Assembly in New York before traveling to Bali in November for the G20 meeting of the world’s 20 largest nations.
From Brussels and Beijing to Canberra and Kyiv, Washington and Tokyo to Paris and Moscow, here’s how the world’s major capitals see their front-runners as Boris Johnson’s successor.
While the Biden administration is fully aware that Liz Truss is not an ideological ally and that she has carefully forged ties with Republicans, U.S. foreign policy priorities include China and Russia. To confront and contain, Washington has confidence that she will be a trusted ally. .
The multilateral effort to arm the Aucus, a trilateral security pact in the Pacific that includes Ukraine and Australia, has set the transatlantic alliance to the test. The UK is Ukraine’s second-largest arms supplier after the US, and the administration hopes that support will continue and be strengthened under the Truss.
He also thanked her for her firm policy on Taiwan and her support for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan this month.
The friction in the supposed special relationship would be limited to the impact on Brexit and Ireland’s Good Friday deal. There is concern in Washington on this issue that things will get worse under the truss. The government will move forward with legislation on the Northern Ireland Protocol, which would rewrite parts of the Brexit divorce agreement in a way that is believed to be in violation of international law. The administration felt caught off guard by allegedly no decisions on legislation. There will be US pressure to force the Truss government to compromise with her EU.
Brussels has no shortage of cynicism. It is well understood that you need to show your political stance before any leadership campaign. The confrontational stance Liz Truss took on the future of the Protocol in Northern Ireland came when Boris Johnson’s position at number 10 began to look fragile. It works well with those within the party who believe that shouting is the best way to communicate with inflexible Europeans who don’t seem to understand.
If it’s a short-term tactic, the logic goes, perhaps Truss might soften up once on Downing Street. A Northern Ireland bill to scrap the current agreement will be debated in the Senate for months, offering time for compromise.
But that’s an optimistic analysis. Those who fear only further discord suggest that Frost, who was not always keen on compromise, was set to play an important role in Truth’s government. is not considered. The crisis looms on September 15, when governments will have to respond to EU legal action allegedly failing to implement the protocol.
Until last week, Liz Truss was best known in Paris as a leading advocate for Northern Ireland’s Protocol bill. Her Thursday remarks that “the jury is still out” on whether French President Emmanuel Macron is “friend or foe” were rather sharp and focused.
Cross-strait relations have hit rock bottom since Britain left the EU, further strained by bilateral disputes over migrant and refugee travel, fishing permits and the Aukus security pact. Paris no longer believes London will keep its promises, but believes that London is only interested in punishing Paris for leaving the EU.
Hopes of a thaw after Boris Johnson’s departure now look hopeless.President Macron denounced Mr Truss without naming him, saying Britain was a friendly country to France, saying: Regardless of the leaders and their little mistakes, sometimes despite that.”
Former European Minister Natalie Loiseau said Truss’ comments did not show the leadership or political spirit expected of a British prime minister, while former French Ambassador to London Sylvie Berman said Truss was being judged by her actions. She said she should, but her “position is likely to worsen the relationship.
Liz Truss will tick just about every box in the Volodymyr Zelenskiy government when it comes to Boris Johnson’s ideal successor. vowed to be the first foreign leader to call from Downing Street.
But the foreign secretary has arguably fallen into the trap of being “more Ukrainian than Ukrainian,” which even Johnson suggested was unwise. The official position was that Russian troops should withdraw to their positions on February 23rd. But the Truss also goes a little further by arguing that Russia should be expelled from Crimea, which it illegally annexed in 2014. This would clearly be a dream scenario for Kyiv. There is a danger that the baby will be thrown out in the bath water.
If Kyiv were pressured to list further concerns, it would be the truss’ instability with European governments as it insisted on scrapping treaty-level agreements with the EU on the Northern Ireland border agreement. So if EU leaders need to convince the Kremlin to be tougher, she may not be a very effective ally.
The Kremlin has carefully avoided public statements about its preference for the Conservative leadership race, but its dislike of Truss is barely disguised.
Dmitry Peskov, a spokesperson for President Vladimir Putin, said: “Keeping in mind all the statements made so far, the future Prime Minister of the United Kingdom will lean towards a more balanced rhetoric about our country after taking this seat. I hope to do so,” he said.
However, Russian propaganda reveals its disdain for Truss, portraying her as an extreme Russophobe. called one anchor “Poor imitation of Margaret Thatcher”.
About a month after Kate McCann fainted during a TV debate, a national television host continued to mock Truss’ shocked reaction, saying, “You could say I’ve lost face… this is the crown. The subject of the story is that we must live.”
Both Truss and Rishi Sunak have made it clear that the election will have little impact on British policy toward Russia or its invasion of Ukraine. Still, Truss has a history with Russia. Especially when he held a frosty meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov a few weeks before the war in Ukraine began.
Lavrov described this conversation as one between “a mute and a deaf person.” It is unlikely that she will receive a warm welcome from Putin as prime minister.
It’s no secret that Beijing isn’t a fan of Truss. Since she became foreign minister, the state-owned Chinese media outlet has called her a “radical populist” and described her China-related speeches as “crazy.”
The Chinese government wants a pragmatic premier in dealing with China, even if it knows there is no prospect of a return to the “golden age” of bilateral relations.
In the Chinese press, descriptions of Truss as hawkish and irrational were commonplace. becomes prime minister, he is ready to use Britain’s nuclear weapons, even if that means “global annihilation”.
But Chinese officials are wary of direct statements. Earlier this month, China’s ambassador to the UK, Zheng Zeguang, said the government would work with “the new prime minister for the development of Sino-British relations”.
Trade and Tourism Minister Don Farrell said the Australian government welcomed the promotion of the truss and praised her role in advancing the free trade agreement between Australia and the UK. It was the driving force behind the trade deal, and while the process has stalled a bit on the UK side, we look forward to working with her if she becomes the new prime minister,” Farrell told The Guardian Australia.
The former coalition government of Scott Morrison has a rational relationship with Truss, and one former member of Congress has described Truss as a strong supporter of bilateral ties. However, as secretary of commerce, she managed to blind former trade minister Dan Tehan when her allies launched a gratuitous attack on him before an important meeting in London. rice field. .
Truss appointed former Conservative Coalition Prime Minister Tony Abbott as trade adviser in 2020, forcing her to dodge questions about the history of his controversial comments on abortion, marriage equality and gender equality. .
The new government of Anthony Albanese has had limited dealings with Truss since he was elected in May. After a brief meeting with the Truss at her G20 meeting in Bali last month, Foreign Minister Penny Her Wong returned home to visit her to shore up support for her candidacy for prime minister. interrupted.
As Prime Minister of the Truss, Japan will represent an easy achievement in diplomacy, economy and security. In 2020, as secretary of international trade, she signed a major post-Brexit trade deal with the world’s third-largest economy – critics say it was the same as the EU and Japan signed the previous year when Britain was in turmoil. I am still a member.
However, not all negotiations between Japan and Britain were easy. At one point, it was reported that the deal hinged on Truss securing special access to Stilton, even though British exports of blue cheese to Japan were worth just £102,000. I got
More recently, Truss praised the Bank of Japan’s approach to controlling inflation, perhaps unaware that Japan experienced a two-decade stagnation of deflation before prices rose recently.
On the foreign policy front, she will encounter few obstacles in forging closer security ties, as she shares concerns about China’s military activities in the Taiwan Strait and North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. Many Japanese officials were personally puzzled by Britain’s exit from the EU, but Mr Truss will find relations between Britain and Japan on relatively good terms.