China responds to UK claim of ‘aggression’ in Indo-Pacific — Analysis

Liz Truss, British Foreign Secretary has spread the word “disinformation”About Beijing “parroting US rhetoric”A spokesperson from the Chinese Embassy in London stated that they were trying to disrupt regional stability and peace.

“Today’s world is a far cry from the one 40 or 50 years ago. The Cold War is long gone!”According to the spokesperson, he stressed the importance of cooperation in the face global challenges such as the Covid-19 epidemic. “British diplomacy, if following the Cold War playbook, will get nowhere.”

Truss toured Australia over the weekend, praising AUKUS, last year’s security pact between London, Washington and Canberra widely seen as a bulwark against Chinese influence in the Indo-Pacific.

Truss spoke at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, an independent think tank. “China’s economic coercive policies”He said China and Russia are the best. “emboldened in a way we haven’t seen since the Cold War.”

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Later, the foreign secretary told Australian media that she couldn’t rule out Beijing using a Russian hypothetical attack on Ukraine to launch an aggressive campaign in the Indo-Pacific. “Aggressors are working in concert and I think it’s incumbent on countries like ours to work together,” Truss said, referring to the UK’s partnership with Australia.

NATO officials in the West and NATO members have accused Russia, claiming that it has amassed troops to attack its neighbour. Moscow strongly denies this charge. 

Truss’ words have caused some backlash in Australia. In an op-ed published on public affairs blogsite Pearls and Irritations on Sunday, Paul Keating, Australia’s prime minister between 1991 and 1996, wrote that the suggestion that China could launch a military aggression in the region was “nothing short of demented.”

Keating accused Australia’s government of “desperate promotion of Britain as a strategic partner of Australia in a policy of containment of China.”

“Britain suffers delusions of grandeur and relevance deprivation,”The former prime minister wrote. “Truss would do us all a favor by hightailing it back to her collapsing, disreputable government, leaving Australia to find its own way in Asia.”

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