China Accuses U.K. of Following Cold War Methods

- 26 January 2022 12:30 WIB
China called the UK out of implementing the Cold War tactics. (Unsplash/Kenneth Yang)
China called the UK out of implementing the Cold War tactics. (Unsplash/Kenneth Yang)

JAKARTADAILY.ID - China called the UK out of implementing the Cold War tactics after top British diplomatic and defense officials spoke with their Australian counterparts, urging the ideological bloc to advance AUKUS and counter China alongside Russia, Daily Mail reported on Sunday (January 23, 2022).

Britain is pursuing a similar approach to the US in order to deal with China, proving that Prime Minister Boris Johnson tried to shift focus from domestic affairs by stirring up troubles externally. It also demonstrates British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss's ambition. Some experts believe that she is using her anti-China position to boost her political profile as a prospective successor to Johnson.

“The world today is very far from the world 40 or 50 years ago. The Cold War is long gone!”, said a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Britain, as quoted by World Nation News.

Truss is now on a promotional tour of Australia. Truss cited China multiple times during his speech at Lowy, condemning China for "economic coercion" on other nations like Lithuania and Russia. Truss urged the United Kingdom and Australia to collaborate with other nations to "defend security and economic freedom."

This has been countered by a spokesman for the Chinese embassy who clarified that they misunderstood China and the recent international condition. He added that this is an attempt to justify the move to create a smaller circle, which has a negative impact on regional peace and stability.

According to Professor Zhou Fangyin of the Guangdong Research Institute, Johnson is in a very volatile position as calls for his resignation grow within and outside the Conservative Party.

Furthermore, Zhou said the AUKUS Alliance has improved coordination between the US, the UK, and Australia. One of America's key strategies, according to the expert, is to engage its friends in a "2+2" dialogue to establish an anti-China coalition.

Editor: M. A. Wahad

Source: Daily Mail, World Nation News

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