OKEKUNLE SUNDAY, IBADAN
“Sinophile” stated, the need to “stick up for our friends in Hong Kong”, straining relations with Beijing.
He has also toughened his language on a provisional decision to allow China’s Huawei to be involved in the development of the UK’s 5G infrastructure, saying he would protect critical infrastructure from “hostile state vendors”.
Johnson has faced intense pressure from the United States and some British legislators to ban the telecommunications equipment maker on security grounds and the UK’s media minister said on Monday that the Huawei decision was not set in stone.
Liu said that, although China wanted friendly relations with the UK, there might be many consequences if the UK treated Beijing as an enemy or with suspicion.
“We want to be your friend, we want to be your partner, but if you want to make China a hostile country, you will have to bear the consequences,”
He said a u-turn on its Huawei decision would damage the UK’s image as an open, business-
friendly environment and it meant London was having to “bounce to the tune of the other countries”.
Earlier on Monday, top Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong called on the international
community to “stand with” the restless city.
Wong – who, at age 23, is one of Hong Kong’s most prominent activists – was speaking outside a court where he and fellow campaigners were being
prosecuted for involvement in civil unrest that rocked the international finance hub last year.
“We still have to let the world know that now is the time to stand with Hong Kong,” he told reporters, before his court appearance on Tuesday.
“With the belief of Hong Kong people to fight for freedom, we will never give up and surrender to
Ambassador Liu Xiaoming told reporters that the UK move to open a path to citizenship for British National (Overseas) (BNO) passport holders in Hong Kong “constitutes gross interference in China’s internal affairs and openly tramples on the basic norms governing international relations”.
He said China would decide on its response after seeing how the UK proceeded with its passport offer.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab rejected the allegations, “This isn’t a gross interference in domestic affairs,” Raab told Reuters News Agency.
“It’s a matter of trust and lots of countries around the world are asking this question: does China live
up to its international obligations?”