China cancels trade talks with UK in protest over defense secretary’s speech: The Sun


Britain’s Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson delivers a keynote speech at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, Britain, February 11, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) – China’s deputy prime minister, Hu Chunhua, has canceled trade talks with Britain’s finance minister Philip Hammond after defense secretary Gavin Williamson threatened to deploy a warship in the Pacific, The Sun newspaper reported on Thursday.

Chunhua was due to hold trade talks with Hammond this weekend, it said.

The newspaper said Hu canceled the talks in protest at Williamson’s speech on Monday.

Reporting by James Davey; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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