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Call for Evidence

Implementing the Integrated Review: Tilt to the Indo-Pacific

In March 2021, the Government’s Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy announced the ‘Tilt to the Indo-Pacific’, a substantial realignment of foreign policy committing the UK to being “the European partner with the broadest and most integrated presence in the Indo-Pacific”. The Government has said that this will involve greater engagement with regional multilaterals such as ASEAN and accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

This inquiry will explore both specific country case studies and broader geostrategic questions arising from the Indo-Pacific Tilt. The objective is to deliver a series of recommendations that will help the UK focus its activity in the region and maximise the UK’s influence on both individual countries and regional institutions.

The country-specific questions will be addressed through oral evidence, with the general regional questions addressed primarily through written evidence.

General

This half of the inquiry will explore the regional aspect of the IPT, exploring the possible impact and methods of engagement with regional multilaterals, trade agreements, environment, and major powers. It will also identify the UK’s particular strengths, and where they can be best used.

  • What are the UK’s main interests in the Indo-Pacific region, and what are the main threats and opportunities?
    • How can the UK’s Indo-Pacific strategy complement that of allies, such as the US Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) strategy? What are the specific areas of competition and cooperation with European partners such as France and Germany?
  • What are the geopolitical implications of the UK’s potential accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership?
  • How can the UK maximise the influence brought by its new status as an ASEAN Dialogue Partner? And what should it use this influence for?
  • How should the UK respond to China’s growing military assertiveness in the region?
  • How should the UK prepare for responding to potential flashpoints like Taiwan and the Senkaku islands?
  • How can the new Build Back Better World/Clean Green Initiative be used most effectively as an alternative to the Belt and Road Initiative in the Indo-Pacific?
  • What should be the resource priorities for the FCDO’s new Indo-Pacific Directorate? Where should the FCDO focus on increasing its footprint in terms of Posts and staff?
  • How can the UK build on and enhance existing defence arrangements in the region, such as the Quad, the Five Power Defence Arrangements, and Five Eyes?

Country-specific

This half of the inquiry will explore specific aspects of the UK’s relations with several countries in the region.

  • What should the UK’s approach be to strengthening relations with Indonesia, Japan and Taiwan?
  • In what areas should the UK prioritise deeper collaboration with these countries (e.g. trade, education, science and tech, defence and security, development)?
  • How can the UK improve its partnership with Indonesia in areas including land and environmental rights, and promoting open societies and rule of law in the region?
  • How should the UK Government work with Japan to support the improvement of cyber security, development of advanced technologies, and values-based digital growth in the Indo-Pacific? Should the UK look to expand Five Eyes to include Japan?
  • What specific support is needed by and for Taiwan in the face of growing aggression from the PRC? What commitments should the UK give?

Your submission should:

  • be concise - if over 3,000 words, include a short summary as well
  • be presented in numbered paragraphs
  • include an introduction to you or your organisation and your reason for submitting evidence
  • not already be published

Submissions should be in malleable format such as MS Word (not PDFs) with no use of colour or logos. Guidance on submitting written evidence and data protection information is available here: Guidance on submitting written evidence.

Deadline for submissions

Written evidence should be submitted through the Committee’s web portal by midnight on 24 October. It is recommended that all submitters familiarise themselves with the Guidance on giving evidence to a Select Committee of the House of Commons which outlines particulars of word count, format, document size, and content restrictions.

Diversity

We encourage members of underrepresented groups to submit written evidence. We aim to have diverse panels of Select Committee witnesses and ask organisations to bear this in mind when we ask them to choose a representative. We are currently monitoring the diversity of our witnesses.

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