The Foreign Secretary ordered Sir Tim Barrow, the Second Permanent Undersecretary for the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office, to call Zheng Zeguang, the Chinese Ambassador. He was called because of Beijing’s strong and extensive escalation against Taiwan over the last week in reaction to Speaker Pelosi’s August 2 visit.
Liz Truss, Foreign Secretary, stated:
“The UK and partners have condemned in the strongest terms China’s escalation in the region around Taiwan, as seen through our recent G7 statement.
“I instructed officials to summon the Chinese Ambassador to explain his country’s actions. We have seen increasingly aggressive behaviour and rhetoric from Beijing in recent months, which threaten peace and stability in the region. The United Kingdom urges China to resolve any differences by peaceful means, without the threat or use of force or coercion.”