Syed Kamall writes in the Telegraph and highlights the untapped potential of the Commonwealth as a strategic network to counter the growing threat posed by China’s expanding influence.
He emphasizes the need for the United Kingdom and its allies to leverage the Commonwealth’s soft power to prevent countries from falling under the sway of China and Russia. Kamall discusses the economic and political implications of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, highlighting the trade and debt dependency it creates among Commonwealth nations.
He calls for increased development assistance from wealthier member states to support poorer nations and detach them from Chinese influence. Kamall also stresses the importance of rebuilding trust and collaboration within the Commonwealth to address mutual concerns and act as a powerful counterbalance to Russia and China.
Read the article here.