Fired UK minister ‘wanted to invade Africa’, say Theresa May’s allies

Gavin Williamson with Britain’s Chief of the Defence Staff General Nick Carter. Photo Getty Theresa May sacked her Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson following concerns that he risked dragging Britain into war, according to claims by the prime minister’s allies. The Sunday Times reports that Williamson risked triggering conflict in the South China Sea with China. They also suggest that he sought to involve British troops in multiple African countries. “He wanted to invade Africa,” one ally tells the paper. For more stories go to Business Insider South Africa. Theresa May’s…

U.K., China to hold new round of financial talks

Reuters LONDON (Reuters) — Britain and China will hold the next round of their Economic and Financial Dialogue (EFD) in mid-June in London, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Thursday, after months of reports that talks had been delayed by diplomatic tension. The EFD has been used in the past to announce closer cooperation on trade and banking initiatives, and to sign commercial contracts. However, relations between London and Beijing have been strained in recent years, most notably after a British warship sailed close to islands claimed by China last…

China expresses regret South China Sea issue has harmed UK ties

Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond meets Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, April 25, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Pool BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua expressed regret on Thursday to visiting Chancellor Philip Hammond that the South China Sea issue had harmed ties, after a British warship sailed close to islands claimed by China last August. “It is regrettable that since August last year the relations between our two countries witnessed some fluctuations because of the South China Sea issue and a…

World War 3 alert: US-China tensions rise after Taiwan accused Beijing of provocation | UK | News

The island state issued the warning after Beijing sent fighter jets which crossed the “middle line” which divides the mainland from the contested island. Now 70 years since the state gained independence, Taiwan warned that manoeuvres by the jets was “reckless and provocative”. The state also warned that such actions could “seriously impact regional safety and regional stability” according to the Global Times. However Beijing has blamed the US for increased tensions, with an anonymous expert blaming Washington’s continuing intervention in the region. The expert said: “As a matter of…

UK and China cut ribbon on joint offshore wind research centre

New £2m joint venture in Yantai City aims to help accelerate expansion of global offshore wind industry The UK and China will today formally open a new £2m offshore wind research centre in the Chinese city of Yantai City, in a move that seeks to strengthen co-operation between two of the world’s largest offshore renewables markets. The UK government and industry backed Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult has teamed up with Beijing’s TUS Wind Technology Co Ltd and TUS Mingshi Science and Innovation Co Ltd, which is based in Yantai, to…

US, U.K. and Japan scheduled to conduct submarine hunting exercise – News

US, U.K. and Japan scheduled to conduct submarine hunting exercise The U.S. Navy, Royal Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force are scheduled to start anti-submarine warfare drills Thursday for only the second trilateral exercise of its kind in the western Pacific. Patrol Squadron 16 will send a P-8A maritime patrol aircraft to operate alongside the Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose and from the JMSDF the destroyer JS Murasame, a P-1 aircraft and a submarine, according to a Navy statement Tuesday. “The Royal Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force,…

US, UK, Japan to Kick Off Submarine Hunting Drills in Western Pacific

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – A submarine-hunting exercise featuring warships from the United States, United Kingdom and Japan will begin on Thursday in support of open navigation in the Indo-Pacific region, the US Navy announced in a press release. “Focused on anti-submarine warfare, a US Navy P-8A maritime patrol aircraft from the “War Eagles” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 will participate in the drills”, the release said Tuesday. The United Kingdom will provide two frigates, and Japan will send a destroyer, maritime patrol aircraft and a submarine to join the US 7th Fleet for the second exercise of its…

South China Sea: Beijing SCOLDS UK Defence Secretary Williamson over ‘gunboat diplomacy’ | UK | News

Liu Xiaoming warned that following through on a threat to deploy the UK’s new aircraft carrier to disputed waters “risks disrupting the progress of China-UK relations”. Without mentioning Mr Williamson by name, he accused “a certain British politician” of “hyping up of the ‘China threat’” His criticism comes after the Defence Secretary announced HMS Queen Elizabeth could be sent to the Pacific for its maiden operational voyage. In a speech to the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, Mr Williamson said Britain must be prepared to use “hard power”…