China voiced “strong dissatisfaction” on Saturday with a communiqué from the G7 that targeted Beijing on topics including the South China Sea, human rights, and alleged meddling in their democracies.
Since Friday, leaders from the seven developed countries have gathered in the Japanese city of Hiroshima for a meeting, which includes US Vice President Joe Biden.
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In a statement, the group urged China “not to conduct interference activities” and voiced its worry about alleged human rights violations in China, notably in the far-western provinces of Tibet and Xinjiang.
In addition, they said that the G7 nations were “gravely concerned” about territorial conflicts in the South China Sea, inferring that China was employing “coercion.”
The G7 encouraged Beijing to exert pressure on Russia to stop its invasion of Ukraine by using its might.
On Saturday night, however, the Chinese foreign ministry retaliated, claiming that the G7’s “approach has no international credibility whatsoever.”
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman: “The G7 insisted on manipulating China-related issues, smearing and attacking China.”
China has officially protested the summit’s hosting nation, Japan, and other pertinent parties, expressing its strong displeasure and uncompromising opposition.
The G7 emphasized “the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait” in its statement, but Beijing retaliated by condemning the group for failing to express a definite stance against Taiwan independence.
“The G7 makes a big deal about its desire to work toward a world that is peaceful, stable, and wealthy. But in reality, it is impeding global peace, threatening regional stability, and preventing other nations’ progress, the spokesperson said.
The Hiroshima communiqué is the outcome of discussions among the G7 nations, each of which has a different strategy for dealing with China.
While some countries, like the United States, urge a tougher stance, other nations in Europe want to avoid more conflict.