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UK-China relations slip from Golden Age to Ice Age

Thousands of Hong Kongers apply for visas that offer path to British citizenship

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, touch glasses with Queen Elizabeth during a state visit to Britain in 2016.   © Reuters

LONDON/BEIJING -- In the not-so-distant past, China could count on the U.K. as a reliably friendly country that partners on international initiatives and welcomes Chinese investments in sensitive sectors.

Those ties have since unraveled as Britain stepped up its criticism of Beijing's national security law covering Hong Kong and its treatment of the Uighur minority -- issues China sees as domestic matters. 

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