China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his British counterpart Dominic Raab exchanged jabs over Hong Kong, Huawei and human rights in a phone call on Tuesday, as tensions continued to rise between the two countries. Britain, along with the US and European Union, have each separately withdrawn from extradition arrangements with Hong Kong in response to Beijing’s imposition of a sweeping national security law on the city. “China-Britain relations are currently facing obstacles and interference,” Wang said, according to a Chinese foreign ministry statement on Wednesday. “Some people in Britain are calling for a ‘reset’ of Sino-British relations in an attempt to overthrow our cooperation. This will only drive Sino-British relations into a dead end.” According to the statement, during the conversation Wang also accused Britain of politicising Huawei, saying it had fallen under the pressure of unnamed “other countries” when it banned the Chinese telecoms giant from British 5G networks earlier this month. The Huawei ban – based on security concerns – was a turnaround from the British government’s position in January when it said the country was still open to the company. According to the Chinese foreign ministry, Raab said Britain was not in favour of a “reset” in relations, and that its China policy had not changed. The British Foreign Office also provided a readout of the call, in which Raab told Wang Britain would be closely watching the Hong Kong Legislative Council elections in September . Raab also called on China to uphold human rights in Xinjiang , noting “egregious” abuses of Uygur Muslims in the remote western region. After the call, Raab took to Twitter to say that Britain wanted constructive ties with China, “but we will always be clear when we disagree”. He said China must live up to its international obligations, “especially on Hong Kong and Xinjiang”. Could Beijing 2022 be hit by boycott over Xinjiang? Western nations have been stepping up the pressure over Hong Kong, ahead of elections scheduled for September 6, with several statements on Tuesday on the issue , which Beijing regards as an internal matter. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Australia’s foreign and defence ministers issued a joint statement from Washington, reiterating their “support for the people of Hong Kong to be able to elect Legislative Council representatives via a genuinely free and fair election”. A statement by the Council of the European Union expressed “grave concern” over the national security law and said the EU would consider various responses to its imposition last month, including support for Hong Kong civil society. China, which has responded to the international criticism with several tit-for-tat blows, revoked extradition agreements on Tuesday between Hong Kong and Britain, Australia and Canada. New Zealand, which has also suspended extraditions with Hong Kong, was warned by Beijing that it could face a similar response.