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Britain slams China for backing Argentina’s claim to Falkland Islands, World News

The UK has blasted China for backing Argentina’s claim to the Falkland Islands.

UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said in a tweet that the UK completely rejects “any questions about Falklands sovereignty”.

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

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China’s state broadcaster CCTV said China and Argentina signed an agreement on “jointly promoting the construction of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road“. , marking the entry of Argentina into the initiative.

China’s BRI is a trillion-dollar push to improve trade ties across the world by building historic infrastructure, and Argentina’s inclusion is a major win for Beijing in Latin America.

Chinese companies invested more than $20 billion in non-financial direct investment in projects in BRI countries in 2021, according to China’s Ministry of Commerce.

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The agreement came as Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez was on a three-day visit to China during which the two sides also said they would continue to support each other on issues concerning sovereign interests.

The statement supported each other’s territorial claims, the Falkland Islands for Argentina and China’s dispute over Taiwan.

Relations with China have already been strained on several fronts, including Britain’s participation in the US-led diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics to protest China’s record on human rights.

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Argentina and Britain have long disputed ownership of the Falklands, with Argentina claiming sovereignty over the British-ruled islands it calls the Falklands. The dispute led to a brief war in 1982.

The Falklands are located approximately 480 km (298 miles) northeast of the southern tip of South America. Fishing accounts for about half of its $300 million GDP, which, along with oil and gas exploration, helped propel economic growth by an average of 11% per year between 2009 and 2018.

The economy came to a halt last year when COVID-19 hit sectors such as tourism. The UK’s departure from the European Union also presented a challenge as it resulted in tariffs on fish exports from the territory.

Unlike several other small Overseas Territories, the Falkland Islands receive no direct budget support from the UK.

(With agency contributions)

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