Liu Xaoming, the Chinese Communist Party’s ambassador, is once again targeting the European community and Britain after the CCP imposed the controversial national security law.
In a press conference, on Wednesday, July 15, the ambassador representing the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Britain, said, “Those who see China [CCP] as a systematic rival or as a potentially hostile state were wrong: they chose the wrong target and are heading in the wrong direction,” U.S. News reported.
Last week, Liu Xaoming had already been in the spotlight when he warned Britain not to interfere with Hong Kong’s legal affairs.
Following the CCP’s imposition of a new national security law on Hong Kong, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised 3 million visas to Hong Kong citizens who choose to settle in Britain and ultimately apply for citizenship. According to the BBC, the prime minister said the passage of the new law was a “clear and serious violation” of the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration, an agreement that guarantees freedoms for Hong Kong for the next 50 years.
According to Liu, this offer is a “serious” intervention by the British, and he hopes they will reconsider their statements, “The UK government continues to make irresponsible comments about Hong Kong’s affairs,” he said at a virtual press conference.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab insisted that the plan to allow millions of British citizens to come to the United Kingdom did not represent interference in the internal affairs of the CCP.
“We want a positive relationship with China … but the real issue here is one of trust, and whether China [CCP] can be trusted to fulfill its international obligations and international responsibilities,” he told the BBC correspondent when asked if it would damage the trade relationship with the UK.
Huawei out of Britain
The relationship between the ambassador of the CCP and Great Britain seems to have no respite. In addition to the conflict over British criticism of the new security law and the visas offered to the Hong Kong people, the decision has been taken to remove the Chinese company Huawei from the country.
Great Britain has joined the list of countries that have decided to ban the sale of Huawei branded mobile phones after Dec. 31, and mobile phone providers will have to remove the Chinese firm’s entire 5G kit from their networks by 2027. The argument is that the company does not guarantee basic standards and threatens national security.
“This has not been an easy decision, but it is the right one for the UK telecoms networks, for our national security and our economy, both now and indeed in the long run,” Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden told the House of Commons, according to the BBC.
Liu’s reaction was not long in coming. It was via Twitter that he said he was disappointed with the UK’s decision on Huawei, and questioned the country for not providing an open, fair and non-discriminatory business environment.
Disappointing and wrong decision by the UK on #Huawei. It has become questionable whether the UK can provide an open, fair and non-discriminatory business environment for companies from other countries. https://t.co/fp1D9Yn2vt
— Liu Xiaoming (@AmbLiuXiaoMing) July 14, 2020