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Huawei: UK 5G concerns ‘a witch-hunt’ says Chinese ambassador

Huawei: UK 5G concerns ‘a witch-hunt’ says Chinese ambassador

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Media playback is unsupported on your device China's ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, says Tory politicians opposed to Huawei playing a role in the UK's 5G network are conducting "a witch-hunt".Some senior Conservatives have written to Tory MPs to raise concerns about the government's decision to give Huawei a role in the network.The group, including four ex-cabinet ministers, want "high-risk" vendors ruled out now, or phased out over time.But Mr Liu told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show "they were totally wrong"."I think what they are doing is a kind of a witch-hunt," he said. "Huawei is a private-owned company, nothing to do with the Chinese government... the only problem they have is they are a Chinese company."'Free market economy'Several sen...
Effigy of ‘undesirable’ UK ambassador burned in Iran

Effigy of ‘undesirable’ UK ambassador burned in Iran

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Iranian protesters have burned an effigy of the UK's ambassador in Tehran as the country's judiciary called the diplomat an "undesirable element".Rob Macaire is at the centre of tensions between London and Tehran after he was arrested by police in the Iranian capital on Saturday. He was released about an hour later. He was detained after attending a vigil for those who were killed in the downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane by Iranian forces. Image: The effigy was burned outside the University of Tehran The diplomat said he left when chanting began, but Iran ordered him to explain his "illegal and inappropriate" presence at demonstrations.On Tuesday, in remarks broadcast on state TV, Iran's judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili ...
Recalled US ambassador felt ‘threatened’ by Trump

Recalled US ambassador felt ‘threatened’ by Trump

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A recalled US ambassador at the centre of the Trump impeachment inquiry said she felt threatened by a cryptic remark the president made about her on a call.Ex-envoy to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told Congress she was "very concerned" by President Donald Trump's comment in the phone call with Ukraine's leader.Mr Trump told his counterpart: "Well, she's [Ms Yovanovitch] going to go through some things." Democrats have just released the first transcripts from closed-door testimony.The Republican president is accused of trying to pressure Ukraine into investigating unsubstantiated corruption claims against his US political rival, Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter Biden, who worked with a Ukrainian gas company.During the 25 July call with President Volodymyr Zelen...
China’s ambassador blames protesters for Hong Kong violence

China’s ambassador blames protesters for Hong Kong violence

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By Sharon Marris, news reporter China's ambassador to the UK has blamed protesters in Hong Kong for the violence that saw one of them shot by a police officer.Police in Hong Kong have been criticised for how they have handled the protests but Liu Xiaoming, China's ambassador to the UK since 2009, told Sky News that the fault lay with the protesters. He told Sky's Dermot Murnaghan: "We strongly condemn the violence of rioters."This violence has been going on for several months - they challenge the bottom line of one country two systems, they challenge the rule of law in the country."Two people are in a critical condition in hospital and 51 others were injured as demonstrations turned violent in the semi-autonomous territory on Tuesday. ...
Iran’s ambassador in Britain accuses U.S. of provoking war

Iran’s ambassador in Britain accuses U.S. of provoking war

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May 14 (UPI) -- Iran's ambassador to Britain accused the United States of dragging Iran "into an unnecessary war" Tuesday, though both U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei both said they're not seeking violence. Tensions between the two countries have been ratcheting up in recent weeks after the United States imposed new sanctions on Iran and moved an aircraft carrier strike team, B-52 bombers and a Marine expeditionary unit to the Middle East. Speaking to Sky News on Tuesday, Iranian Ambassador to Britain Hamid Baeidinejad said the U.S. deployments to the Persian Gulf were a "serious miscalculation." "While we have renounced any escalation in the region, I would assure you that Iranian armed forces are fully ready for any eventuality in th...