China warns US pushing relations to 'brink of new Cold War'

China is also open to working with the international community to look into the origins of the virus

"This political virus is the use of every opportunity to attack and smear China".

"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", foreign minister Wang Yi told reporters.

Seven companies and two institutions were listed for being "complicit in human rights violations and abuses committed in China's campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, forced labour and high-technology surveillance against Uighurs" and others, the Commerce Department said in a statement.

The minister also slammed lawsuits filed by the USA states of Missouri and MS against Beijing over its coronavirus response, stating they have no legal basis.

Wang took an apparent swipe at the U.S. struggles to contain the virus, which has now infected more people in the United States than anywhere else.

The United States said on Friday it would add 33 Chinese firms and institutions to an economic blacklist for helping Beijing spy on its minority Uighur population or because of ties to weapons of mass destruction and China's military.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has vowed to create a national security law for Hong Kong, where anti-government protests continue.

Most scientists believe the virus jumped from animals to humans, possibly from a market selling exotic animals for meat in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

Wang announced that China was "open" to an global effort to find the origins of coronavirus, but stressed that the process must be "fair and professional".

Governments including the United States and Australia have called in recent weeks for an investigation into the exact origins of the virus.

World Health Organization members on Tuesday adopted a resolution, tabled by the European Union, at the United Nations body's first virtual assembly to review the worldwide handling of the pandemic, but it does not single out China.

Mr Wang said supporting the global health organisation is a choice that any country "with a conscience" would make, adding that WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has done a good job.

The bill is regarded as a political bombshell for the former British colony as China has made a decision to bypass the local Legislative Council to bring about a new national security law tailor-made to take control of Hong Kong which has been witnessing mass protests by pro-democracy groups since past year demanding autonomy and freedom from Beijing.

He said that while the coronavirus is still out there, what he calls a political virus is also spreading in the U.S. and jumping at any opportunity to attack China. "Some US politicians, heedless of basic facts, have fabricated too many lies and plotted too many conspiracies", Wang said.

The news comes after Beijing proposed national security legislation to ban secession and foreign interference in Hong Kong, resulting in a massive backlash in the Western media.



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