China’s ambassador to the UK has warned Britain against stationing a new aircraft carrier in the Pacific, saying it would be a “very dangerous move”.
China’s top envoy in the UK Liu Xiaoming said to an international newspaper that it should not “gang up with the United States on the Chinese” with military deployments as London cuts trading ties with the European Union this year.
He told The Times, “After Brexit, I think the UK still wants to play an important role in the world,”
“That is not the way to play an important role.”
Earlier this week, The Times reported that UK military planners have highlighted plans to station the HMS Queen Elizabeth carrier in the Pacific. The move has been taken as part of an international alliance to counter China.
According to details, the £3.1 billion vessels are likely to set sail on her maiden deployment next year on a tour. The tour includes region amid concerns over freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.
The announcement comes amid tensions between London and Beijing.
Earlier, Britain had ordered the removal of a Chinese telecom company from its 5G network.
Liu Xiaoming called the move a “disappointing and wrong decision” He predicted that the move will sap billions of pounds of investment in the UK from China’s firms.
“Now all things [have] changed,” he told The Times, adding Huawei was now “an example” to other Chinese companies.