China has denounced a joint statement by the G7 leaders, which has rebuked Beijing over a range of issues as a gross interference in the country’s internal affairs, and demanded the grouping to stop slandering China.
At their summit in Cornwall the G7 leaders took China to task over human rights in the heavily Muslim region of Xinjiang, called for Hong Kong to keep a high level of autonomy and underscored the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait – all highly sensitive issues 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.
Speaking to assembled reporters the embassy spokesman concluded:
“With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging and global economy sluggish, the international community needs unity and cooperation of all countries rather than “cliquey” power politics sowing division. China’s internal affairs must not be interfered in, China’s reputation must not be slandered, and China’s interests must not be violated.”
Putting aside the Communist Party’s meltdown, it is rich that Beijing claim to be pro-cooperation, yet they continue to block any real investigation into the origins of COVID-19.