U.S.-China tensions loom over Pompeo visit to U.K.



Adela Suliman | NBC News

The secretary of state and British officials were set to discuss Hong Kong, as well as Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.

A senior Chinese official accused the U.K. of pandering to the U.S. as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in London, with China top of his agenda as he readied for high-level meetings on Tuesday.

“We do not want to see the tit-for-tat between China and the U.S. happen in China-U.K. relations,” the Chinese ambassador to Britain, Liu Xiaoming, said in a statement on Twitter late Monday.

Liu has previously warned the U.K. not to “dance to the tune of Americans” and instead urged Britain to pursue its “own independent foreign policy.”

Chinese officials have repeatedly told Western powers to stop meddling in Hong Kong’s affairs — calls that increased in intensity after China in June introduced a national security law for the former British colony after a year of protests there.

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