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Category: International

  • January 24, 2018

    Democracy in Hong Kong

    Yesterday, as part of his Asia and Pacific brief, Mark responded to a Westminster Hall debate moved by Fiona Bruce MP regarding democracy in Hong Kong. You can find the transcript of the debate on the Hansard website by clicking here. Mark’s remarks are pasted in their entirety below. —– I pay tribute to my […]
  • January 22, 2018

    Statement on building regional partnership in Afghanistan and Central Asia

    In the second of his recent appearances at the UN Security Council, Mark made a statement supporting the efforts for peace and security in Afghanistan which you can find below. Alternatively you can watch the session on the UN’s website by clicking here (Mark begins his statement at 1:03:03). —– Thank you Mr President, I […]
  • January 19, 2018

    Statement on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction at the UN Security Council

    In his role as Minister of State at the Foreign Office for Asia and the Pacific, Mark made a statement to the UN Security Council about the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction which you can find below. Alternatively you can watch the session on the UN’s website by clicking here (Mark begins his statement […]
  • January 18, 2018

    As Thailand and Vietnam lead the Asian century, it’s time for British businesses to look east

    Mark wrote the below piece which featured in today’s City AM following his recent visit to Vietnam and Thailand in his role as Minister for Asia and the Pacific. You can find it on City AM’s website by clicking here. I wrote in these pages last October that this has all the makings of being […]
  • December 19, 2017

    Statement at the UN Security Council meeting on North Korea

    In his role as Minister of State at the Foreign Office for Asia and the Pacific, Mark made a statement to the UN Security Council about the ongoing situation in North Korea which you can find below. Alternatively you can watch the meeting by clicking here (Mark begins his statement at 42 minutes and 28 […]
  • December 11, 2017

    South Korea should be both an opportunity and an inspiration

    Mark wrote the below piece for City AM following his recent visits to South Korea in his capacity as Minister for Asia and the Pacific. You can find the piece on City AM’s website by clicking here ———————————— It was snowing as I touched down in Seoul in November for my second visit in three […]
  • November 29, 2017

    Westminster Hall debate on the Rohingya Crisis

    In his role as Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for Asia and the Pacific, Mark yesterday responded on behalf of the Government to a Westminster Hall debate regarding the ongoing Rohingya crisis. Mark’s response to the debate can be found below and if you would like to review the entirety of […]
  • November 21, 2017

    Speech to 13th Asian-European (ASEM) Meeting in Naypyidaw, Burma

    It is an honour to represent the UK at this ASEM Foreign Ministers’ meeting. It is a particular pleasure to see a democratically-elected leader of Myanmar in the Chair. Myanmar’s path towards peace and democracy has been long and difficult. Major challenges remain. The UK is proud to have been a consistent advocate for human […]
  • October 13, 2017

    Brexit is a chance for Britain to embrace ASEAN relations

    Mark wrote the below piece on strengthing UK-ASEAN ties for today’s City AM. As the UK prepares for formal exit from the EU, it’s important to position ourselves to maximise new opportunities. I share the positive and optimistic outlook for a global free trading Britain, and have set out the Prime Minister’s vision on trips […]
  • September 8, 2017

    Say NO to illegal wildlife products!

    In his role at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mark wrote the below piece which featured in the VnExpress, a Vietnamese publication, with his thoughts on the work to be done tackling the illegal wildlife trade. The original piece can be found by clicking here. ______________________________________________________________ The illegal wildlife trade is an urgent problem. A […]