Phone blame on British

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 February, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 09 February, 1996, 12:00am

THE British were yesterday blamed for delays in introducing six new mobile telephone licences because of their failure to provide the Chinese with enough information.

An official from the Chinese side of the Joint Liaison Group (JLG), who refused to be named, accused the British of indulging in 'megaphone diplomacy' by pressing the issue through the media.

The Chinese side's unhappiness was raised with the British during a working lunch for JLG representatives yesterday.

The Chinese official rejected suggestions China wanted to cut the number of new mobile phone licences, known as the Personal Communications System, to four. He said the British side had not supplied crucial information such as details of the tender.

Without sufficient information, it was impossible for the Chinese side to approve the licences.

The British side declined to be drawn into the debate.