China’s ambassador to London has accused the UK of “seriously poisoning” relations between the countries – and warned it would “pay the price” if it shunned Beijing.
Referring to disputes over Hong Kong, tech giant Huawei and alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang, Liu Xiaoming said the UK was at a “critical historical juncture” in how it wanted to treat China.
He warned against allowing “Cold War warriors” – seemingly a reference to Donald Trump’s US administration – to further damage relations.
And speaking during a live news conference broadcast on Twitter, he rejected claims of abuse against Uighur Muslims, condemned the decision to exclude Huawei from the UK’s 5G network, and warned the UK not to interfere in Chinese internal affairs over Hong Kong.
“China respects UK sovereignty and has never interfered in the UK’s internal affairs,” he said.
“It is important the UK will do the same – namely, respect China’s sovereignty and stop interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs, which are China’s internal affairs, so as to avoid further damage to the China-UK relationship.”
Source : Sky News