BRITAIN yesterday launched a two-pronged attack on China for failing to resolve pressing matters relating to the Chek Lap Kok airport project and the issue of post-1997 passports for Hong Kong people. Beijing was challenged to agree to urgent meetings. The counter-offensive by top Hong Kong and British officials turned the statements of China's top man on Hong Kong affairs, Lu Ping, on both matters back on himself. On Tuesday, Mr Lu blasted Britain for taking unilateral action to seek extra funding for the new airport project, saying that any decision should only be taken after China was consulted. He also said China wanted to issue the Special Administrative Region passport before the 1997 changeover but that required British co-operation in supplying information. The British side yesterday hit back, lamenting the lack of response from Beijing despite persistent British efforts for solutions since July. Various comprehensive proposals on both issues had been passed to China months ago but to date, there had been no reply on either. Since Mr Lu indicated Beijing now had views and opinions on these pressing issues, China should fix dates for meetings.