He estimates that, from 2030, Beijing will compete more directly with London and “will be able to disrupt supplies of key technologies and materials.”
Moscow will remain the main threat to London until the end of this decade, Britain’s Director of Defense Intelligence Adrian Bird said Tuesday in a webinar at the Royal United Services Institute.
“The UK’s non-discretionary security priority has to be our Euro-Atlantic home region, and here we assess that Russia will remain the biggest threat to the UK through 2030,” Bird said. However, she declined to go into details. He added that Europe’s security is inseparable from that of the whole world, in particular, the results of state activities, climate changes or global health concerns.
In addition, Bird noted that, according to his forecasts, from 2030 onwards “China will present the greatest challenge to foreign interests and the UK’s economic security.” “China will compete more directly with the UK in our areas of interest and will be able to disrupt supplies of key technologies and materials, such as microprocessors, semiconductors and rare earth metals, its military, intelligence, space and cyber capabilities pose a growing threat. “, he detailed.