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Frame it on the wall! Truss labelled 'chocolate soldier' in 'pathetic' attack by China

The Global Times, Beijing’s state newspaper, launched a skewering attack on the Foreign Secretary after she warned of China joining a potential conflict over Ukraine. Tory MPs and commentators have said Ms Truss should be proud of the attacks.

In an opinion piece, the Global Times mocked Ms Truss, who has been compared to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, as “not an iron lady, but a chocolate soldier”.

It said: “Truss is no Thatcher – and people in Britain know it. It is not hard to think that if she is a warmonger, she is an accidental warmonger – someone who can give the appearance of being belligerent, only because she says something without thinking through what it means.

“She does not have the qualities of a sabre-rattler – that is, deliberately saying something provocative in an interview to make what amount to overt threats to China.

“She would only rattle a sabre if it got stuck in its scabbard while she was trying to draw it.”

Iain Duncan Smith, Tory MP for Chingford and Woodford Green, mocked the Global Times article.

He said on Twitter: “State-owned broadcaster, Global Times have decided to attack UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, which shows how pathetically out of touch they are.

“If I were Liz Truss I’d frame this & hang it on the walls of the Foreign Office as a reminder that dictatorships don’t understand irony.”

GB News’ Tom Harwood added: “When CCP state-affiliated media is attacking you, you know you’re doing something right.”

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It comes after Ms Truss said while visiting Australia no one should rule out Beijing aggression in the Pacific if Russia sends troops into Ukraine.

She added: “Russia is working more closely with China than it ever has. Aggressors are working in concert and I think it’s incumbent on countries like ours to work together.”

Paul Keating, former Australian Prime Minister, called Ms Truss “demented” for her claims.

He added: “Remarks by the British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss that China could engage in military aggression in the Pacific, encouraged by Russia’s contingent moves against Ukraine, are nothing short of demented. Not simply irrational, demented.”


After Ms Truss’ comments on Sunday, a spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in London blasted the Foreign Secretary.

They said: “The accusations against China in this speech confuse right and wrong and raise questions about their real intention.

“They are full of disinformation about China as well as the current international situation.

“What the people are seeing is China taking concrete measures in the spirit of a community with a shared future for mankind, and always striving to be a defender of world peace, a contributor to global development and an upholder of international order.

“Facts are facts. They will not be shaken because of the disinformation by a few.

“What the people are seeing is parroting of US rhetorics in the speech, drawing lines along ideology and discrediting other sovereign countries regardless of facts.

“This is an attempt to justify the move to create the small circles, which has inflicted negative impact on regional peace and stability.

“Today’s world is a far cry from the one 40 or 50 years ago. The Cold War is long gone!

“In the face of global challenges including pandemics, what the international community needs is solidarity and cooperation, not division or confrontation.

“British diplomacy, if following the Cold War playbook, will get nowhere.” has contacted the Foreign Office for comment



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