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Beijing slams G7 statement as gross interference in Chinese affairs

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
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China has denounced a joint statement by the Group of Seven (G7) leaders critical of Beijing as a gross interference in its internal affairs and meant to slander its reputation.

China's embassy in London said Monday that Beijing was strongly dissatisfied and resolutely opposed to the G7’s final communique, which distorted the facts and exposed the “sinister intentions of a few countries such as the United States.”

“The Group of Seven takes advantage of Xinjiang-related issues to engage in political manipulation and interfere in China's internal affairs, which we firmly oppose,” an embassy spokesman said in a statement.

It also accused the G7 countries-- namely the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United States-- of “lies, rumors and baseless accusations.”

The embassy further urged the grouping to stop creating confrontation and friction by slandering China, and instead, to make efforts to promote peace and international cooperation.

China is a peace-loving country that advocates cooperation, but also has its bottom lines, the embassy said.

“China's internal affairs must not be interfered in, China's reputation must not be slandered, and China's interests must not be violated,” it warned, adding, “We will resolutely defend our national sovereignty, security, and development interests, and resolutely fight back against all kinds of injustices and infringements imposed on China.”

The G7 leaders on Sunday scolded China over a range of contentious issues related to Xinjiang, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), Hong Kong and the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.

The G7 statement took China to task for alleged human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region and activists in Hong Kong.

The statement also implied that China was disturbing “peace and stability” in the Taiwan Strait, a heavily policed waterway that separates mainland China and Chinese Taipei. China has sovereignty over the self-governed island under the internationally-recognized “One China Policy.” But Chinese Taipei sees itself as a sovereign state. The

In addition, the G7 accused China of pursuing expansionist policies and hindering freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea.

US President Joe Biden reportedly pressed other G7 leaders to take concrete steps to counter the rise of China.

Biden has repeatedly said that he does not want confrontation with China, but seeks to defeat the Asian powerhouse in the rapidly changing global competition.

After the end of the G7 summit on Sunday, Biden told a news conference that the US will deal with China in a straightforward manner.

China has denounced Washington’s aggressive policy, describing it as “too negative,” and insisting that the Biden administration is pushing towards confrontation rather than cooperation with China.

Beijing had hoped for an improvement in relations with Washington when Biden took office in January and vowed to reverse the harsh policies of his predecessor, Donald Trump.

 


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