Trump is 'hostile' to international order warns Theresa May's former security chief
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- Donald Trump's "hostile" attitude towards the liberal world order poses a "major problem" to the UK's national security, according to Theresa May's former national security chief Sir Mark Lyall Grant.
- The US President has pulled the US from major treaties, blocked appointments of judges to the World Trade Organisation, and decertified the landmark Iran nuclear deal since coming to office.
- "The traditional champion of the rules-based international order doesn't believe it in himself [...] that poses a major problem for the United Kingdom," said Lyall Grant.
Lyall Grant said the UK is particularly at risk from a breakdown in the rules-based order because it has "invested heavily" in global institutions and because it is a small, open trading nation, with the UK a key member of crucial global institutions such as the UN Security Council, NATO, and the World Trade Organisation.
'A new order'?
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Lyall Grant said that that the gradual "erosion" of that system predated Trump and had accelerated in recent years due to factors including the 2008 financial crisis, when "the automatic superiority of capitalism and western markets was thrown into doubt."
He also said that western interventions in Iraq and Syria had contributed to a global pushback against the rules-based order because it created a perception that the West had "exploited responsibility [...] to encroach on sovereignty and was overreaching by imposing our values on other countries."Lyall Grant said that the vacuum left by Western leadership was dangerous because it risked the creation of a new global order led by China - one characterised by market authoritarianism and illiberal values.
"[Chinese] President Xi [...] has talked about a new order, based essentially on Chinese values."
"That would be a very different system from ours, in terms of where China comes from and what China stands for - and if that becomes the new governance order then that is a problem. It would a new system that is inimical to our values."Our Brexit Insider Facebook group is the best place for up-to-date news and analysis about Britain's departure from the EU, direct from Business Insider's political reporters. Join here.
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