Britain vows to stand ‘shoulder to shoulder with our Australian friends’ against Chinese aggression – as fleet of UK warships heads to the South China Sea in show of support
By LEVI PARSONS
15 June 2021
Boris Johnson has slammed China’s aggressive behavior towards Australia in a move that’s sure to anger Beijing officials, as the UK vows to stand ‘shoulder to shoulder with our friend’.
The British prime minster made the comments following the announcement of a free trade deal between Australia and the UK on Tuesday, where he took aim at the authoritarian state and firmly backed his counterpart Scott Morrison.
‘If you ask me what do I find difficult about the way China behaves, it’s very obvious,’ he said.
‘And it was clear at the G7, clear at NATO. I think people are worried about what’s happening to the Uighurs.’
‘They’re worried about the general repressions of liberties in Hong Kong, and some of the ways China behaves in its region, particularly towards Australia.’
Mr Johnson said ‘we stand shoulder to shoulder with our friends’ in the face of China’s increasingly belligerent behavior towards Australia.