Beijing warns Britain that it will "pay the price" for treating China as an "enemy country" as its British ambassador accuses MPs of "calling for a cold war."
- Liu Xiaoming today warned the UK against paying the price of its China foreign policy
- The Chinese ambassador said Britain must face the consequences of Huawei's decision
- He claimed there was a "call for a new Cold War against China" among British MPs
Beijing today warned the UK that it would pay the price of treating China like an "enemy country" given the increasing tensions over Hong Kong, corona virus, Huawei and human rights violations.
China's ambassador to the UK said Britain would have to "face the consequences" of its foreign policy decisions, and that would mean losing Beijing's "partner" benefits if it did not change direction.
Liu Xiaoming also claimed that some British politicians "are asking for a new Cold War" because he insists that China wants to be the "friend" of Britain.
Mr. Liu's comments are likely to further worsen relations as ongoing diplomatic warfare showed no signs of waning.
Beijing's ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, today warned the UK that Britain would "pay the price" if it treated China as an "enemy" country
The UK and China have repeatedly argued in recent months.
The government announced in early July that it would upset the January decision to grant Huawei a role in building the UK's new 5G network.
The Chinese technology giant has now been banned from the network and all of its existing 5G technology will be removed by 2027 due to national security concerns.
Meanwhile, Beijing's decision to impose a controversial national security law on Hong Kong prompted the UK to announce a path to citizenship for three million Hong Kong nationals (overseas).
The government has also accused China of "gross and immense" human rights violations against its Uyghur people in Xinjiang province, while supporting calls for an international investigation into the origins and how to deal with the first outbreak of the corona virus.
These hot spots have prompted Beijing and the UK to fire numerous broadsides at each other, but Mr. Liu insisted today that China has never threatened Britain.
He said to a press conference: “I want to make the record clear. We have made no threats. We have not threatened anyone.
"We only let you know the consequences. People see some of my comments as threatening words. I think they quote my remarks out of context.
"I said China wanted to be friends of the UK. China wants to be Britain's partner.
“But if you don't want to be our partners and friends, treat China as an enemy country, pay the price.
& # 39; It is very clear. You will lose the benefits of treating China as an opportunity and a friend, and you will face the consequences if you treat China as an enemy country. & # 39;
Mr. Liu accused the UK of "ruthless slander" for commenting on the treatment of the Uyghur people.
He attacked the government for criticizing China's "Xinjiang-related policy" when he claimed that Britain "intervened in China's domestic affairs by addressing the so-called human rights issues in Xinjiang."
"These measures have seriously poisoned the atmosphere in China-Britain relations," he added.
He said the Chinese government is not "I want to threaten, challenge or replace everything" when he addressed British critics of Beijing's actions.
"History has proven and will continue to show that China is always a defender of world peace, contributes to global development and supports international law," he said.
“A stronger China will make the world more peaceful, stable and successful.
However, some British politicians are sticking to the Cold War mentality and sticking to the statements of anti-China forces outside and inside the UK.
"They are playing out the so-called China threat and see China as an enemy state that threatens to be completely decoupled from China and even calls for a new Cold War against China."
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