Taiwan has become the latest flashpoint in strained relations between London and Beijing, including the Foreign Secretary. Liz TrussSummoning the Chinese ambassador to explain his government’s recent actions on self-governing democracy.
“I instructed the authorities to summon the Chinese ambassador to explain his country’s actions. We have seen aggressive behavior and rhetoric from Beijing in recent months, threatening peace and stability in the region,” Truss said in a statement.
The Foreign Secretary said the UK and partners had “condemned China’s increasingly strong rhetoric in the surrounding region”. Taiwan, as seen through our recent G7 statement”. She called on Beijing to resolve any differences “through peaceful means”.
After days of massive military exercises that began on August 4, China announced on Wednesday the end of operations around it. Taiwan But it said further “training and war preparations” would continue.
China’s ambassador to the UK, Zeng Zeguang, said his government’s actions were “provoked by the US in collusion with ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist forces”. A Chinese report The second was published after a visit by Sir Tim Barrow, Permanent Under-Secretary at the Foreign Office.
Zheng, at the meeting, complained about the UK’s “wrong comments and actions on the Taiwan issue” and said the US was “playing the ‘Taiwan card’ to contain China” through activities such as arms sales and the rise of its officials. Exchange with Taiwan.
Since US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi traveled to Taiwan last week, state-owned Chinese media have been pumping out material defaming the 82-year-old Democrat and accusing her of touching China’s “red line”. China has imposed sanctions on Pelosi and halted some key cooperation with the US.
China’s ruling Communist Party has long claimed Taiwan’s sovereignty. Beijing insists its “one-China principle” will prevent most existing foreign government officials from setting foot on the island. Zheng last week warned senior British parliamentarians against visiting Taiwan.
On Wednesday, China issued a white paper reiterating Beijing’s policy on Taiwan. “We will work with the utmost sincerity and do our utmost to achieve a peaceful reunification,” the official English-language version of the document said. “But we will not abandon the use of force and we reserve the option to take all necessary measures.”
Bilateral relations between the UK and China have soured in recent years. London and Beijing have imposed mutual sanctions on China’s treatment of its Uyghur population. Therefore, Zeng, a high-ranking Chinese official in Britain, has also been banned from going to Parliament since last September.
At a recent press conference, Zheng urged the UK to be pragmatic about bilateral relations. But he also said China would “work with whoever becomes the new prime minister to develop China-UK relations”.
Truss, the front-runner in the Conservative leadership race, has a long track record of taking a tough stance on China. In May, she vowed to “hold China accountable” for its policy in Xinjiang. She also drew an analogy with Europe’s gas dependence on Russia. “We cannot allow this to happen with China, and freedom is the price,” Truss said In a recent TV debate.