“Britain’s national strength cannot be placed in the same rank as China now, a truth difficult to accept for some Britons who want to stress their nobility,” the Chinese state-run Global Times.
Global Times added, “A rising country should understand the embarrassment of an old declining empire and at times the eccentric acts it takes to hide such embarrassment. Diplomacy has to be based on realistic recognition of the two countries’ power. No matter for China or the UK, it will be tiring if they try to distort this reality.”
This statement came after reports saying China’s Premier Li Keqiang will only visit Britain if a meeting with Queen Elizabeth is set.
However, China’s Premier on the first day of his three-day visit to Britain met Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle. A privilege that is rarely given to non-head of state. The meeting was aimed to mend broken ties between London and Beijing.
On the said visit a nuclear power station and high-speed rail line deal was inked.