China slaps down Truss in stinging Falklands rebuke as Beijing sides with Argentina

PMQs: Johnson slams opposition over Falklands reaction

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The Foreign Secretary said on Sunday evening that the Falkland Islands “are part of the British family”. China soon hit back, insisting Argentina’s claim to “full sovereignty” of the territory was “legitimate” and urging Britain to “start [a] dialogue” with Argentina to find a “lasting solution” to the dispute.

In a statement, the leaders said: “The Argentine side reiterated its adherence to the one-China principle and the Chinese side reiterated its support for the Argentine side’s request to fully exercise its sovereignty over the Malvinas [Falkland] Islands issue.”

Ms Truss stressed in a post on Twitter the UK Government “completely reject any questions over sovereignty of the Falklands”.

She added: “The Falklands are part of the British family and we will defend their right to self determination.

“China must respect the Falklands’ sovereignty.”

But China rejected her demand and, instead, doubled down on its call for change.

More to follow.

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