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‘Brink of New Cold War’: China On US Ties Amid Virus, Hong Kong Tensions

There has been longstanding friction between China and the US over trade, human rights and other issues since before the pandemic.

Beijing| On Sunday, the Chinese foreign minister said the US is pushing relations with China to “the brink of a new Cold War”, with tensions mounting over COVID-19, Hong Kong’s status and other matters.

“It has come to our attention that some political forces in the US are taking China-US relations hostage and pushing our two countries to the brink of a new Cold War,”  Wang Yi, foreign minister, told reporters.

There has been longstanding friction between China and the US over trade, human rights and other issues since before the pandemic.

Chinese foreign minister did not name what “forces” he was talking about, however, United States President has led global carping of China’s first response to the outbreak, which has resulted in over 330,000 deaths and economic destruction globally.

On Friday, the proposal to establish a new Hong Kong security law was presented in China’s legislature a move that has been condemned by the United States.

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“Aside from the devastation caused by the novel coronavirus, there is also a political virus spreading through the US,” foreign minister Wang said at a press conference on the side of the annual legislative meeting.

Globally, the total number of COVID-19 cases topped 5,300,000 while the death toll crossed 342,000, as per the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.

The United States, the worst affected nation in the world, recorded over 1.6 million cases of the highly contagious virus.

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