Liu Xiaoming, China's Ambassador to the UK, has accused the UK of 'seriously poisoning' relations between the countries over issues with Hong Kong and Huawei. Mr Xiaoming also suggested that politicians 'clamour for a new cold war' with China.
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Disputes between the UK and China over Hong Kong, tech giant Huawei and humanrights abuses in Xinjiang have “seriously poisoned” relations between the twocountries, Beijing’s ambassador to London said. Liu Xiaoming said the UK wasat a “critical historical juncture” in how it wanted to treat China. In anonline press conference, Mr Liu said: “China respects UK sovereignty and hasnever interfered in the UK’s internal affairs. “It is important the UK will dothe same – namely, respect China’s sovereignty and stop interfering in HongKong’s affairs, which are China’s internal affairs, so as to avoid furtherdamage to the China-UK relationship.”
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China's UK ambassador Liu Xiaoming says the government’s decision to ban Huawei from Britain’s 5G telecommunications network undermines trust between the two countries. Report by Bassaneseg. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
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