Hong Kong row has ‘poisoned’ ties with UK: China ambassador
LONDON, July 30: Britain's "interventions" in Hong Kong have "seriously poisoned the atmosphere" of relations with China, Beijing's ambassador in London warned on Thursday.
Liu Xiaoming also accused Western powers and media of spreading "the lies of the century" in their reporting of the treatment of Uighur Muslims in China.
"China has done nothing to weaken the mutual trust, we see the UK as a partner, a friendly country, we want to advance this golden era", Liu said in an online press conference.
"But unfortunately it's the UK side which has done things to undermine the trust," he added.
Britain's actions over Hong Kong and criticism of China's treatment of the Uighur population as "egregious human rights abuses" had "seriously poisoned" the relationship, he said.
The two countries have clashed over a new security law in Hong Kong, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson offering visas to millions of the city's residents.
Britain's last colonial governor of Hong Kong accused Beijing on Thursday of carrying out "an outrageous political purge" of pro-democracy parties there after a dozen candidates were disqualified for standing in an upcoming election.
As part of the 1997 handover of Hong Kong from Britain, China agreed to guarantee Hong Kong certain freedoms -- as well as judicial and legislative autonomy -- for 50 years in a deal known as "One Country, Two Systems".
Britain and China have also fallen out over the role of Chinese tech firm Huawei in building Britain's 5G network, with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announcing earlier this month that its involvement would be phased out over security concerns.
The ambassador claimed that Donald Trump was targeting China due to the upcoming election, and that the US president wanted a new Cold War. -AFP