Huawei has been emptied and purged, he added.
The British government pledged to remove the Chinese telecommunications company from its 5G network by 2027 on Tuesday, despite warnings of retaliation from Beijing.
“All decisions and actions [by Britain] must have a price, “said Hua Chunying, spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during a press briefing on Wednesday. “China will fully and solemnly assess this matter and take a series of necessary measures to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese enterprises. ”
Hua claimed London ” [acted] in coordination with the United States to discriminate, suppress and eliminate ”Huawei, and accused Britain of becoming“ dupe of America ”.
Huawei has become a central issue in the geopolitical war between China and the United States, which claims that the company represents a major cybersecurity threat.
Donald Trump has claimed responsibility for the UK decision, boasting at a press conference on Tuesday that no White House “has been harsher with China” than his administration.
He said he had worked to pressure countries not to use Huawei. “If they want to do business with us, they can’t use it. We have convinced many countries – many countries – and I have done it myself, for the most part, not to use Huawei because we think it is a security risk. It is a big security risk. ”
Liu referred to Trump’s comments, saying, “President Trump takes credit for the decision, saying it is his personal success … Everyone understands the reason for the British decision. ”
Britain-China ties have deteriorated in the past month after Britain criticized Beijing’s imposition of a sweeping national security law in Hong Kong, a former British colony, and pledged to support fleeing pro-democracy activists and demonstrators.
Liu said Huawei’s decision symbolized the UK’s new attitude towards China, and that it “would profoundly damage confidence between China and the UK at the corporate and government levels.”
He added, “The Chinese government did not need to tell Chinese companies how to react to the British decision, because they would draw their own conclusions. It would undermine confidence. Mutual trust and respect are the basis of a relationship not only between countries but between individuals. I would say it is not only disappointing, but disheartening. “
Over the past decade, successive British governments have encouraged the development of economic relations between Britain and China, which have become more crucial as London finalizes its departure from the European Union.
Liu declined to say whether the so-called golden era between Britain and the United Kingdom had ended, saying it was a phrase proposed by the British and willingly approved by China. He said he hopes Chinese students will always be welcome in the UK, and said China is not looking for economic decoupling.
The bulk of his comments prompted the EU to remain China’s partners, saying there was huge mutual economic interest, but stressed that it had to be based on mutual acceptance that none of the parties would interfere in each other’s internal affairs.
“Those who see China as a systematic or potentially hostile rival have been mistaken, have chosen the wrong target and are headed in the wrong direction,” he said.