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What is the UK role in the Asia-Pacific region?

24 October 2022 - Lunch meeting - Login for venue

Catherine West MP, Shadow Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Minister

Much is happening in the Asia-Pacific region upon which, the UK government is increasingly focused for new diplomatic and trade opportunities. This may mean new trade deals, a more complex relationship with China, new defence alliances like AUKUS, and strengthening relationships with the administrations in Australia and New Zealand. It is not, however, clear what an increased role for the UK in the Asia-Pacific would actually add up to. In particular what would be its significance, and the benefits to the UK? Australian-born, Shadow FCO Minister for Asia and the Pacific, Catherine West MP, will lead the discussion of such issues. A small panel will respond followed by a general Q&A.