Britain accuses China of supporting Argentina’s Falkland Islands claim


Beijing (AP) — Britain firmly rejected a statement from China on Monday confirming Beijing’s support for Argentina’s allegations against the Falkland Islands, as relations between London and major Asian nations remain tense.

Foreign Minister Liz Truss said in a tweet that Britain had “completely” rejected “questions about the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands.”

“The Falkland Islands are part of the British family and we defend their right to self-determination. China must respect the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands,” she wrote.

China’s President Xi Jinping and Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez issued a joint statement on Sunday, using the name of Argentina’s territory to reaffirm its support for Argentina’s request for full exercise of sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands. “. The two leaders met when Fernandez was in Beijing for the Winter Olympics.

Argentina believes that the Falkland Islands were illegally robbed in 1833 and invaded the British colony in 1982. Britain sent troops and Argentina was defeated in a two-month war in the South Atlantic Islands in a conflict that claimed the lives of 649 Argentines and 255 British. Soldier.

Argentina still claims the island. London states that the Falkland Islands are a self-governing body under its protection.

Relations with China are already tense on several fronts, including Britain’s participation in the US-led Beijing Winter Olympics diplomatic boycott to protest China’s human rights records.

The joint statement also stated that Argentina “reaffirms its adherence to one China principle.” This is a reference to China’s claim to Taiwan’s autonomous island democracy.

“China and Argentina agree to continue close communication and coordination on international affairs and protect the overall interests of both countries and other developing countries,” the statement said.

Xi and Fernandez have also promised closer economic cooperation and signed a memorandum of understanding that Argentina will participate in Xi’s signature project, the Belt and Road Initiative, to build China’s infrastructure globally. did.

China has overtaken Brazil as Argentina’s major commercial partner, and if negotiations with Beijing go smoothly, Argentina will be the first of the four Latin American economies to join the initiative.

“The integration of the Belt and Road Initiative is not a paradigm shift, but a continuation of the broader trend of increased involvement between Argentina and China,” said Pepechan, director and fellow of the Adrian Arstra Latin America Center at the Atlantic Council.

Fernandez dedicated a wreath to President Mausoleum of Mausoleum during his visit. There, the antiseptic corpse of Mao Zedong, the communist revolutionary who founded the People’s Republic, is displayed in a crystal sarcophagus.

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The Associated Press writer Débora Rey in Buenos Aires, Argentina, contributed to this report.