China called the Group of Seven leaders’ joint statement scolding Beijing on a variety of problems a blatant intrusion in the country’s domestic affairs on Monday, and asked the gathering to quit slandering China.
The G7 leaders chastised China on Sunday for human rights violations in the predominantly Muslim area of Xinjiang, urged Hong Kong to maintain its autonomy, and emphasised the significance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, all of which are extremely sensitive subjects for Beijing.
China’s embassy in London said it was strongly dissatisfied and resolutely opposed to mentions of Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan that distorted the facts and exposed the “sinister intentions of a few countries such as the United States”.
With the COVID-19 pandemic still ranging and global economy sluggish, the international community needs unity and cooperation of all countries rather than “cliquey” power politics sowing division, it added.
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 added.
“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.”
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China’s embassy said the G7 should do more that is conducive to promoting international cooperation instead of artificially creating confrontation and friction.
“We urge the United States and other members of the G7 to respect the facts, understand the situation, stop slandering China, stop interfering in China’s internal affairs, and stop harming China’s interests.”
The embassy also stated that study on the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic should not be politicised, following the G7 urged in the same statement a complete and complete probe of the coronavirus’s origins in China.
According to the embassy, the collaborative expert group on the virus between China and the World Health Organization has been conducting research independently and in accordance with WHO norms.
“Politicians in the United States and other countries ignore facts and science, openly question and deny the conclusions of the joint expert group report, and make unreasonable accusations against China.”