Mr Farage had announced a new campaign to make sure the UK “is no longer dependent on China”, leading to the Twitter clash. The former Brexit Party leader posted a video on Twitter warning of the threat of China to the West. In response, Chinese journalist Chen Weihua, who was tagged by Twitter as ‘China state-sponsored media’, hit back.
Weihua said: “This is like Mr Farage standing in the middle of the railway trying to stop the incoming train. The result: He is crushed.
“BTW, Chinese bullet train runs much faster.
The key Brexiteer responded: “See the arrogance of Chinese state media.
“They intend to rule the world.”
Mr Farage had warned “stopping China is the next big battle to fight”.
After wishing his followers happy new year, he said it was his new ambition “to stop China doing their best to take over the world”.
Mr Farage said the next “big fight” for Britain was against Beijing, who he said were “doing their best to take over the world”.
He added: “They are throttling democracy in Hong Kong and will do their best to do so elsewhere.
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China, under the leadership of Xi Jinping, has become steadily more aggressive, especially in its quest to crush pro-democracy movements in its own sphere of influence.
President Xi has become more confrontational with India, Australia, and European countries.
He has crushed democracy in Hong Kong and oppressed domestic freedoms within mainland China.
The politburo in Beijing has also been accused of human rights abuses against Tibetans and Xinjiang’s Uighurs.
The fortification of islands by China in the South China Sea is also a cause for contention.