The Conservative Government of the United Kingdom has banned the classification of China as “threat” despite pressure from several Tory MPs following the arrest of two alleged Chinese spies in the British Parliament.
The Prime Minister’s spokesperson, Rishi Sunak indicated that the Executive will continue to classify China in diplomatic terms as a “challenge that defines an era”, to maintain open channels of communication to cooperate on issues of common interest such as climate change .
“It is not appropriate to reduce our approach to a single word,” the spokesman told the press, insisting that it is better to communicate bilaterally with Beijing rather than “shouting from the sidelines”.
The source stressed, however, that Sunak clarified to his Chinese counterpart on Sunday, Li Qiang during the G20 summit in India that “any interference in “British parliamentary democracy is unacceptable.”
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The arrest was in March two alleged suspects to obtain confidential information from British MPs, revealed over the weekend by “The Sunday Times”, sparked a political storm in the United Kingdom, where some Conservative MPs asked the Government to formally declare China which is a “threat” to this country.
One of the two men assured on Monday through his lawyers that he was “absolutely innocent”, while the Chinese Embassy in London described the arrests as “political comedy” and called on the authorities to end the “anti-China maneuver”.