China's Foreign Ministry urges G7 to stop hyping up China-related issues

Li Jiayao
2023-05-21 00:14:10

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Saturday that it has lodged stern representations to G7 summit host Japan and other relevant parties after the group pointed fingers at China on related topics, including Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet.

Despite China's serious concerns, the G7 used relevant issues to smear and attack China and brazenly interfere in the country's internal affairs, which China strongly deplores and firmly opposes and has made serious démarches to the summit's host Japan and other parties concerned, the ministry said in a statement.

The G7 makes high-sounding claims about "promoting a peaceful, stable and prosperous world," but what it does is hindering international peace, undermining regional stability and curbing other countries' development, the statement said, adding that it simply shows how little international credibility means to the G7.

The statement pointed out that Taiwan is China's Taiwan and resolving the Taiwan question is a matter for the Chinese. It reiterated that the one-China principle is the solid anchor for peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits.

The G7 keeps emphasizing cross-Straits peace, and yet says nothing about the need to oppose "Taiwan independence," which in effect constitutes connivance and support for "Taiwan independence" forces, and will only result in a serious impact on cross-Straits peace and stability, according to the statement.

It stressed that no one should underestimate the determination, resolve and capability of the Chinese people in safeguarding China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Affairs related to Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet are purely China's internal affairs and China firmly opposes interference by any external force in those affairs under the pretext of human rights, the statement noted. It urged the G7 to stop pointing fingers at China on Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet and take a hard look at their own history and human rights record.

The statement said that the East China Sea and the South China Sea have remained overall stable, and it called for relevant countries to respect regional countries' efforts to uphold peace and stability and stop using maritime issues to drive a wedge between regional countries and incite bloc confrontation.

As for "economic coercion," the statement noted that the massive unilateral sanctions and acts of decoupling and disrupting industrial and supply chains make the U.S. the real coercer that politicizes and weaponizes economic and trade relations. It urged the G7 not to become an accomplice in economic coercion.

Noting China is the only one among the five nuclear weapon states that pledged "no first use" of nuclear weapons and always kept its nuclear capabilities at the minimum level required by national security, the statement said that China's position is above board and should not be distorted or denigrated.

The statement stressed that as a responsible major country, China firmly upholds the UN-centered international system, the international order underpinned by international law and the basic norms governing international relations built around the purposes and principles of the UN Charter. China will never accept the so-called rules imposed by the few, it added.

"The international community does not and will not accept the G7-dominated Western rules that seek to divide the world based on ideologies and values, still less will it succumb to the rules of exclusive small blocs designed to serve 'America-first' and the vested interests of the few," the statement said.

It urged the G7 to stop engaging in closed and exclusive "small circles," stop containing and suppressing other countries, stop creating and provoking confrontation and return to the right path of dialogue and cooperation.

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