Boris Johnson accused of 'grasping naivety' over approach to China


Britain will grow its nuclear warhead stockpile by more than 40% to ensure its security in a more risky global environment and as it faces new technological threats, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday.

But a close reading of what it says shows no such commitment at all.What the document says is: "In 2010, the government stated an intent to reduce our overall nuclear warhead stockpile ceiling from not more than 225 to not more than 180 by the mid-2020s".

PM Johnson's government said it would "tilt" its focus towards the Indo-Pacific region as part of its Integrated Review of government policy for the coming years, saying the area increasingly represented the geopolitical centre of the world. "But we will also work with China where that is consistent with our values and interests, including building a stronger and positive economic relationship and in addressing climate change".

Since completing its exit from the European Union at the end of previous year after an acrimonious divorce, Johnson's government has vowed the "Integrated Review" will show Britain still had clout on the world stage and define a new era for the country.

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Asked about the need to boost the U.K.'s nuclear capabilities, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the BBC that it was "the ultimate insurance policy against the worst threat from hostile states". Fihn said Britain "is pushing for a unsafe new nuclear arms race", and charged that the plan "violates global law".

It is also said to include a personal commitment from the Prime Minister to to restore foreign aid spending to 0.7% of national income "when the fiscal situation allows" following furious criticism of cuts to support for Yemen and other countries.

According to The Times, which has also obtained a leaked copy of the review, it says the United Kingdom will "not hesitate" to defend its values and will increase the protection of critical infrastructure, such as the national grid, transport and water supplies.

The prime minister stressed that he favored a more "balanced" approach, and warned against a "Cold War mentality" against China.