A Chinese newspaper report has condemned Britain over its “pointless posturing” over China’s internal issues, saying that Britain will face political and economic penalty if it continues antagonizing the Asian country.
The state paper, the Global Times, warned that British authorities should avoid making baseless accusations on issues including human rights and Tibet or they will face a strong response from China.
“If Britain and China start competing over who can be tougher against the other, can Britain be the winner?” the newspaper asked.
The editorial published on Wednesday explained that some British senior authorities such as Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and Foreign Secretary William Hague were being “tough” against China.
It also added that Prime Minister David Cameron seems to “ease tension” with Beijing as an split between the two countries is not in Britain’s interests and would put the UK’s ailing economy at risk.
Any “reckless moves against China's interests” would be confronted by consequences, said the newspaper, adding that “once China adopts political and economic countermeasures, they can hardly bear the suffering.”
“China cultivating more contacts with separatists in Northern Ireland and Scotland would make London quite uncomfortable. China's GDP is close to that of Germany's, France's and Britain's combined”, the editorial added.