Boris Johnson has officially become the UK’s new prime minister, replacing Theresa May.
The first day in office, Boris Johnson has signalled his ruthless determination to deliver Brexit and stoked speculation about an early general election by sacking more than half of Theresa May’s cabinet and packing his team with Vote Leave veterans and rightwing free marketers, according to the Guardian.
The Associated Press said Johnson is known for his booming voice, boisterous behavior and creative use of language but has not always been very confident of himself. Johnson started his career as a reporter, not a politician, earning more from his writing than from his public service positions.
After Theresa May became leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister, she appointed Johnson Foreign Secretary in July 2016. Johnson’s appointment was criticised by some journalists and foreign politicians due to his history of controversial statements about other countries.
In July 2018, Johnson signed a 12‑month contract to write articles for the Telegraph Media Group. The contract is terminated at the right time he was elected prime minister.
Just one day before, Johnson said his government will be very “pro-China” in an interview with a Hong Kong broadcaster Phoenix TV. Johnson voiced support for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s infrastructure investment effort Belt and Road Initiative and promised to keep Britain “the most open economy in Europe” for Chinese investments.
“We are very enthusiastic about the Belt and Road Initiative,” Johnson said. “We are very interested in what President Xi is doing.”
What President Xi has been doing overseas in focus is no doubt the Belt and Road Initiative and Huawei is at the frontline.
Earlier, Boris Johnson said about Huawei in the UK, “It is very important to recognize that there can be significant benefits to investment from overseas in this country and Chinese companies are welcome as much as any other companies but you would not expect the UK to do anything to compromise its vital national security infrastructure and you would not expect me as prime minister to do anything to compromise the ability of our fantastic intelligence services to share information as they do particularly with our five eyes partners, so that is the principle that will guide us.”
In his interview with Phoenix, Johnson kept a similar tone, “We are very lucky because we have coming to the U.K. not only lots of goods manufactured in China, we have 155,000 Chinese students in the country, which is wonderful for us. They make a massive contribution to Britain and to our society.”
On Tuesday, Johnson also promised to keep Britain “the most open economy in Europe” for Chinese investments. “We have Chinese companies coming in to do Hinkley, for instance, the big nuclear power plant,” he added.
With these comments, observers have told about the possibility of Johnson’s going on a different direction from Donald Trump when it comes to confronting Communist China.
Johnson had dual citizenship in the United Kingdom and the United States, since he was born in New York City to English parents. He shares many of the values of the Americans.
The Guardian has showed evidence on June 23rd suggesting close links between Boris Johnson and Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Steve Bannon who is now cooperating with CCP killer Guo Wengui to challenge the Communist regime in China.
A video released by the Observer earlier this month shows Bannon talking about his relationship and contacts with Johnson, and how he helped him craft the first speech after his resignation as foreign secretary, in which Johnson tore into Theresa May’s Brexit strategy.
Bannon says: “I’ve been talking to him all weekend about this speech. We went back and forth over the text.”
Bannon, who has previously said that he believed Johnson had “the potential to make a great prime minister”, declined to comment further.
In the eye of the CCP government, Mr. Steve Bannon has become the U.S. black-hand behind the demonstrations in Hong Kong, together with Guo Wengui. He must also share his views with Johnson in this respect.
Johnson said about Hong Kong on 3 July as reported by Reuters, “I think that the people of Hong Kong are perfectly within their rights to be very skeptical, very anxious about proposals for extradition to the main land that could be politically motivated, that could be arbitrary and could infringe their human rights and so yes I do support them and I will happily speak up for them and back them every inch of the way. And I would stress to our friends in Beijing that the one country, two systems approach has worked, is working and should not be cast aside.”
From the fact that John has sent his child to study in China, we can assume Johnson has affection for traditional Chinese culture. We can be quite sure in that sense that he is “pro-China”. But that does not necessarily means he is “Pro-CCP” too. Even CCP itself sees Johnson’s political future to be filled with “uncertainties”.
Hours after Boris Johnson took office, China’s state-run media Xinhua said, “Johnson became the prime minister as Britain is faced with the looming Brexit deadline and uncertainties.”
It commented, “Johnson’s vehicle was briefly blocked by a human chain of protestors on its way to the Buckingham Palace.”
The U.S. president and Britain’s prime minister both have very prominent blond hair but there the similarity ends. President Trump’s hair is very carefully styled before he appears in public, while Johnson’s precisely the opposite.
As to their attitudes towards Communist China, it surely is hard to tell and unpredictable.
The US President made praising remarks hours after Mr Johnson defeated Jeremy Hunt in a ballot for the leadership of the Conservative Party this week.
Trump and Johnson are good friends and Trump has previously made no secret of his desire to see Johnson in the top job.
“We have a really good man who’s going to be the prime minister of the UK now, Boris Johnson,” Mr Trump said, “They’re saying ‘Britain Trump’, they call him Britain Trump and people are saying that’s a good thing.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a message of congratulations to new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday, the Kremlin said in a press release.
Will Xi Jinping do the same to send his message of congratulations to the UK leader?
By Cloudy Seagail