Former UK ambassador to the United States Christopher Meyer warned the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) that, as if it were a boomerang effect, all its efforts to generate conflict with free countries will end up turning against it.
In an interview with Times Radio, Meyer encouraged the Boris Johnson government to show courage and be a “credible threat” to the CCP.
He said that the international community must show the Chinese Communist Party that by advancing on Hong Kong, in the conflict on the border with India or the South China Sea or the cyberwar, all it is doing is harming itself.
“What they are now doing on such a broad canvas to antagonize other states and makes them feel fearful is actually going to damage their own national interest,” Meyer said according to a Daily Express report.
Judging by the confrontational statements from the CCP, the diplomat said the solution to avoid a war lies in demonstrating the strength and determination of the United Kingdom.
“We want to try and mitigate all that by diplomacy backed by the credible threat of force,” he said.
Meyer’s statements came Tuesday, hours before British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in what was an open secret, banned Huawei from Britain’s 5G network, sparking anger in the CCP.
London thus joined Washington in noting”that the world’s biggest telecoms equipment maker is no longer welcome in the West,” said journalist Alessandra Scotto di Santolo in her article in the Express.
When Johnson became prime minister in July 2019, he was met with an agreement advanced by previous governments for Huawei to participate in the 5G network.
Faced with this, U.S. President Donald Trump urged the British prime minister to reverse his decision, and although Johnson faked it, he finally gave in to pressure from the Party in January this year.
However, with the advance of the CCP Virus (coronavirus) [which Johnson himself contracted]—and the perception that the CCP hid crucial information about the pandemic—and the imposition of the national security law by the CCP on Hong Kong, which broke its agreement with Britain of the “one country, two systems,” Johnson turned the bilateral relationship upside down and canceled the controversial agreement.
In late June, the U.S. Defense Department determined that Huawei is owned or supported by the Chinese military, according to a BBC report.
Similarly, earlier this year three U.S. congressmen warned that working with Huawei is similar to working with the KGB during the Cold War.
The White House blacklisted Huawei in May 2019, warning that it is a threat to national security. The sanction restricted sales to companies of U.S.-made goods, such as semiconductors.
U.S. officials announced new rules aimed at restricting Huawei’s ability to be self-sufficient in chips, a capability that is critical to its efforts to sell 5G network equipment.
In fact, the Johnson government’s “excuse” for ending the contract with Huawei was precisely the impact that the new U.S. sanctions have on chip technology, ensuring that the measures taken by Washington affect the Chinese company’s ability to remain a reliable supplier.
According to Scotto di Santolo’s analysis, Johnson’s decision appears to be irreversible and would mark the end of more than three decades of patronizing bilateral policies with the Chinese Communist Party.