Support for Taiwan independence doomed to fail: Beijing Sep 22, 2020 0 417 12345 AFPBeijingChina ramped up its rhetoric over Taiwan on Monday, describing any support for its independence as “doomed to fail”, and threatened retaliation against US diplomatic visits to the island.Taiwan has been ruled separately from China since the end of a civil war in 1949, but Beijing considers the island part of its territory awaiting reunification.The island is a flashpoint with Washington, which promises military support to the elected government and has sent two envoys to Taipei in as many months.At a press briefing on Monday, the foreign ministry said that the envoys’ visits were a “political provocation” and threatened retaliation.“China will take appropriate countermeasures, including targeting relevant individuals,” said foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin, without elaborating.He warned that the US actions will “further damage the cooperation” between the US and China.Wang added that any support for Taiwan’s independence is a “dead end... doomed to fail”. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Navalny says Novichok found ‘in and on’ his body Sep 22, 2020 0 701 Trump’s US Supreme Court push ‘abuse of power’: Biden Sep 22, 2020 0 947 No EU sanctions on Belarus despite oppn leader plea Sep 22, 2020 0 663 UK govt steps up coronavirus threat level after rise in cases AFP London The UK government on Monday upgraded its coronavirus alert level, as top advisers warned England could see up to 50,000 cases a day by mid-October and a surging death toll unless action is taken immediately. .. Trump to name Supreme Court pick at end of week US President Donald Trump said on Monday he will announce his nominee for the empty Supreme Court seat at the end of this week. “I will announce it either Friday or Saturday and then the work begins, but hopefully it won’t be .. US announces ‘UN’ sanctions on Iran, Venezuela’s Maduro AFP Washington The United States said on Monday it was imposing sanctions on Iran’s defence ministry and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro under a contested UN authority and demanded that Europe follow suit. .. US closes in on 200,000 virus deaths, weeks before election AFP Washington The United States edged close to registering 200,000 COVID-19 deaths on Monday, the latest grim milestone for the country just weeks before voters decide if President Donald Trump stays in office. .. Guterres calls for international cooperation on United Nation’s 75th anniversary (DPA) NEW YORK UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres calls for more international cooperation in the face of global challenges at an event marking the world body’s 75th anniversary. “Today we have a surplus of ..