Chinese state media threatens Britain with 'severe punishment' Britain will face severe diplomatic and economic punishment in response to the â€œpointlessâ€ posturing of its foreign policy toward China, Beijing has warned the Government. An editorial in the Global Times, a state-run newspaper, said William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, and Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, had put Britain in the line of fire by holding out for a strong line against China. The editorial followed reports last weekend of a split in the Cabinet, with the David Cameron and George Osborne, the Chancellor, much keener on a good relationship with China. â€œIf Britain and China start competing over who can be tougher against the other, can Britain be the winner?â€ the editorial asked. Attempting to challenge Beijingâ€™s position was a â€œpointless gameâ€, it said. Britain has been frozen out by senior Chinese leaders since Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg met the Dalai Lama last May. There has been no ministerial contact with China other than brief encounters at world summits such as the G20. A spokesman for the British Embassy in Beijing said there were no concrete plans for any high-level meetings in the coming months. Mr Hague is said to feel lukewarm about Britainâ€™s relationship with China. Since he became Foreign Secretary nearly three years ago, he has made only a single, one-day visit, in July 2010. He is said to be far more enthusiastic about India and last year spent two days on a â€œdiplomatic offensiveâ€ in Brazil. The Treasury argues that Britainâ€™s approach is jeopardising Chinese investments at a time when London is pushing to become a global trading centre for the yuan. â€œClegg [and] Hague suggest being tough against China,â€ said the Global Times editorial, published on Wednesday. â€œBut leaders like Cameron believe Britain should ease tensions with Beijing to help recover the economy.â€ Any â€œreckless moves against Chinaâ€™s interestsâ€ would be met with a strong response, added the nationalist newspaper, which is backed by hardliners in the ruling Communist Party. â€œOnce China adopts political and economic countermeasures, they can hardly bear the suffering.â€ â€œChina has more leverage than Britain has in their bilateral relations. â€œChina cultivating more contacts with separatists in Northern Ireland and Scotland would make London quite uncomfortable. Chinaâ€™s GDP is close to that of Germanyâ€™s, Franceâ€™s and Britainâ€™s combined. â€œPerhaps itâ€™s time for Britain to change its way of thinking. Chinese now donâ€™t want to be bothered by such tough posturing.â€ A Beijinh Embassy spokesman said Mr Cameronâ€™s â€œprivateâ€ meeting with the Dalai Lama was â€œone of many factorsâ€ behind the lack of high-level contact between the two governments. Writing in The Daily Telegraph earlier this month, Chinaâ€™s former ambassador to Britain, Ma Zhengang, said: â€œTo translate the potential of China-UK cooperation into reality there must be greater mutual trust between the two countries, in political, economic and other areas. â€œTo borrow an expression now popular in China, we want more 'positive energyâ€™ from China-UK cooperation.â€ Chinese state media threatens Britain with 'severe punishment' - Telegraph *********************************** I really love the Chinese. They think that they own the world and they can hector the world as they want. Even little ticks act pompous and hoity toity! What a way to go! And such sneaky ways they adopt - meeting separatists of Scotland and Northern Ireland. And then they will act coy and cute that they 'never interfere with the internal affairs of another country'! The bogus refrain when they supply arms to African dictators who undertake genocide against their own people, as in Sudan and Zimbabwe! Another hypocrisy exposed!