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China slams UK for failing to meet ‘international obligations’ – Global News

Beijing has called on British officials to reverse a ruling blocking the construction of a massive new embassy in London.

China’s foreign ministry has accused British officials of neglecting their diplomatic duties by blocking Beijing’s plans to build a massive new embassy near London’s Tower Bridge.

“It should be noted that host countries have an international obligation to facilitate and support the construction of buildings for diplomatic missions.” A spokesman for the ministry said on Wednesday Report. “The Chinese side urges the British side to fulfill its respective obligations.”

Last week Tower Hamlets council voted unanimously to refuse permission to build China. “Super Embassy” On the site of the former Royal Mint. The Chinese government reportedly bought 700,000 square feet of land for £255 million in 2018 and plans to build a new embassy there. 10 times Its current facility size is close to that of Paddington.

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“To improve the working and living conditions of the diplomatic staff of the Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom, the Chinese side has purchased a new embassy complex in London’s Tower Hamlets district” State Department said. It is made according to international standards and approved by the British side. The planning request for the new embassy buildings was processed based on local laws and regulations, including detailed technical analyzes on security and other matters.

Local Council The project was rejected, although approval from consultants is recommended, at least for security reasons. The decision also came in the same week as Prime Minister Rishi Sunak “Golden Age” Relations between the UK and China have come to an end at a time when Beijing is experiencing its worst civil unrest since the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.

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British lawmaker Ian Duncan Smith accused Chinese officials of ignorance “Democratic Planning Process” He said the Sunak administration could not get away with the council’s rejection of the embassy plan. “I personally believe that the denial will be upheld” Smith told The Telegraph. “This matter is wrong in many ways. It is a safety hazard and is within walking distance of Whitehall.

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However, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and UK Housing Secretary Michael Gove have the power to intervene in the case. Such a move would trigger a public inquiry that could last more than a year.

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