Hong Kong row has ‘poisoned’ ties with UK: China’s ambassador Jul 31, 2020 0 55 12345 AFPLondonBritain’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. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Coronavirus deaths top 150,000 in worst-hit US Jul 31, 2020 0 3162 NASA’s Perseverance rover bound for Mars to seek ancient life Jul 31, 2020 0 1610 (Stand-alone) Jul 31, 2020 0 1288 French cities tighten virus measures as cases rise AFP Lille, France Several French cities on Thursday announced new face mask requirements and other measures to contain the coronavirus as the number of new cases continues to increase after a long lull, officials said. .. Coronavirus numbers improve slightly in Spain’s hotspots MADRID: The number of daily new coronavirus infections has slightly declined in Spain’s hardest-hit regions, authorities said on Thursday. Especially in the Catalan regions Lleida and Barcelona, which recently .. Scottish schools set for full return in mid-August LONDON: Children in Scotland can return to schools full-time in the middle of next month, the devolved government said on Thursday as it eases coronavirus lockdown measures. It will be the first time since March that .. UK extends coronavirus self-isolation period from 7 to 10 days LONDON: Britain on Thursday extended the period of coronavirus self-isolation from seven to 10 days, as fears grew over a surge in cases. The UK’s chief medical officers said scientific evidence now showed that people .. WHO says it overestimated ability of wealthy countries to fight COVID-19 DPA Geneva The health systems of wealthy countries performed more poorly than expected during the early phase of the COVID-19 crisis, WHO emergency operations chief Mike Ryan said on Thursday in Geneva. It was .. Prominent Hong Kong democracy activists barred from election HONG KONG: A dozen Hong Kong democracy activists were disqualified on Thursday from standing in September’s legislative elections, a move decried by candidates as the most pressing assault yet on Beijing’s critics in .. Trump suggests delay in presidential election over coronavirus fears AFP Washington US President Donald Trump on Thursday suggested delaying the 2020 election, in which he is currently lagging badly in the polls, citing the coronavirus and what he said would be “fraudulent” voting. ..