LONDON, England: After a furious China extended its largest-ever military exercises to encircle Taiwan following U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the island, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss summoned China's ambassador to Britain, Zheng Zeguang, to explain Beijing's actions.
"I instructed officials to summon the Chinese Ambassador to explain his country's actions. We have seen increasingly aggressive behavior and rhetoric from Beijing in recent months, which threaten peace and stability in the region," Truss said in a statement, adding, "The United Kingdom urges China to resolve any differences by peaceful means, without the threat or use of force or coercion."
Truss is currently leading the race to become Britain's next prime minister.
In a response posted on Twitter after the meeting with senior British officials, the Chinese embassy said Zheng had "firmly rejected and strongly condemned the UK side's irresponsible rhetoric about China's legitimate and necessary response to U.S. House Speaker's Taiwan visit."
"No foreign country, the UK included, has the right to meddle with the internal affairs of China," the statement said.