These fears come after the UK agreed a nuclear submarine deal with both the US and Australia. The new naval alliance between the UK, the US and Australia has been dubbed Aukus. During the discussion about the new naval alliance, Boris Johnson was asked what the UK would do should Beijing try to invade Taipei at any point.
This prompted a response from the UK that saw a refusal to rule anything out, saying it was the UK’s job to “defend international law”.
The alliance has been praised by the national security adviser to Boris Johnson, who claims it has created “indissoluble bonds”.
Sir Stephen Lovegrove has also described the deal as “profound, strategic shift”, and has welcomed Australia as the seventh nuclear power.
Sir Stephen said: “There is a commitment by the three nations to deliver a plan that will enable the Royal Australian Navy to field nuclear powered – not nuclear armed – submarines in the coming years.
“It is perhaps the most significant capability collaboration anywhere in the world in the past six decades.”
The agreement between the UK, the US and Australia sees Canberra’s first nuclear-powered fleet being developed by the nations.
Boris Johnson, Joe Biden and Scott Morrison had met at the G7 summit back in June.
At this summit, the potential for the development of these subs was discussed and an agreement was in place.
French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian had admitted he felt “really angry” about the new alliance between the countries.
They said: “It was a stab in the back. We built a relationship of trust with Australia, and this was betrayed.”
It was former Prime Minister Theresa May who put forward the question to the current Prime Minister Boris Johnson about what would happen if China invaded Taiwan, as she asked: “What are the implications of this pact for the stance that would be taken by the United Kingdom in its response should China attempt to invade Taiwan?”
From this, Mr Johnson refused to rule anything out at this stage.
He said: “The United Kingdom remains determined to defend international law and that is the strong advice we would give to our friends across the world, and the strong advice that we would give to the government in Beijing.”
But Mr Johnson later emphasised that the new alliance in place was not intended to be “adversarial” towards anyone else.
Mr Johnson said: “It merely reflects the close relationship that we have with the United States and with Australia, the shared values that we have and the sheer level of trust between us that enables us to go to this extraordinary extent of sharing nuclear technology in the way that we are proposing to do.”