LONDON, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - Le PremMinister Boris Johnson on Wednesday appointed Liz Truss Foreign Minister, the only second woman to hold the post in Britain.
As Minister of Trade for the past two years, Truss has been a strong advocate of Britain's economic and diplomatic realignment to the Indo-Pacific region, spearheading efforts to join a trans-Pacific trade bloc. The 46-year-old has made trade deals around the world, including with Japan and Australia.
Here are some of her views on foreign affairs:
IN THE UNITED STATES
Truss n Failed to secure a much-coveted trade deal with the United States, with President Joe Biden's administration prioritizing a full Trump-era trade policy review.
However, Truss helped negotiate the de-escalation of a long-running trade dispute over aircraft subsidies and the removal of US tariffs on a series of UK exports.
Truss met with a series of libertarian groups that defended tax cuts and deregulation for businesses in 2018, according to documents cited by Greenpeace. He cited a memo. information saying that Truss wanted to hear "what we can learn from 'Reaganomics ' on things like regulation and paperwork ".
" Reaganomics "is a theory that tax breaks and other benefits for businesses and the wealthy will benefit everyone else, which has been hotly debated since Reagan made it a centerpiece of his economic strategy in the 1980s.
Truss called on the world to "harden up with China " and said the World Trade Organization should refuse to treat China as a developed country, a status it currently enjoys . She argued that China benefits these are exceptions to the rules established decades ago that no longer reflect its status as an economic superpower.
" The WTO was created when China was 10% the size of the US economy, "Truss told the Financial Times in an interview earlier this year. "It's ridiculous that it still refers to itself as a developing country.
Truss said some of China's behavior has contributed to an erosion of confidence in the world trading system and urged other countries to crack down on what they see as unfair subsidies for state-owned enterprises.
" Now is the time to toughen things up with China and its behavior in the world trading system "she said.
ON THE EUROPEAN UNION
Truss supported its retention in the European Union during the Brexit referendum from 2016, but said she has since changed her mind and called on Britain to seize the opportunity to leave the EU to transform its economy.
She said on Tuesday that British companies must do more to take advantage of the new export routes opened up by Brexit.
" The path to economic recovery is not in retrenchment and entrenchment, but in free trade and free enterprise "she said. Report by Andrew MacAskill Edited by Nick Tattersall
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