Beijing firmly opposes G7 interfering in China's internal affairs
Wang urged the U.S., UK and other countries to abandon arbitrary detention of other countries' citizens
A Chinese spokesperson on Monday said that China firmly opposed the Group of Seven (G7) countries interfering in its internal affairs. The remarks came in response to a recent statement by the G7 foreign ministers expressing concern over China's domestic policies.
The joint statement, issued by the UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss, Chair of the Liverpool G7 Foreign and Development Ministers' Meeting on Sunday, expressed concerns over Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong, and situations in the East China Sea, the South China Sea and across the Taiwan Straits.
In response, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin told reporters at a daily press briefing in Beijing that China's positions on these issues were consistent and clear, urging the G7 to desist from deliberate tarnishing of China's image and hurting its interests.
Wang pointed out, the U.S. and UK together have about 5 percent of the world's population with most advanced economy and medical technology but 23 percent and 18 percent of the global COVID-19-attributed infections and deaths respectively.
"We urge countries such as the U.S. and Britain to uphold the right to life and health of their people and make efforts to prevent more people from losing their lives due to the pandemic, instead of talking about democracy and human rights in the international arena," said the spokesperson.
Wang also urged the U.S., UK and other countries to abandon arbitrary detention of other countries' citizens, unreasonable suppression of certain companies, and arbitrary coercive measures such as illegal unilateral sanctions.
He called for creating an open, inclusive, transparent and non-discriminatory international trade and investment environment, and respect other countries' legitimate development rights and interests.
"We urge the U.S. and the UK to abandon the cold War mentality, correct the practice of drawing ideological lines, practice genuine multilateralism, and do something useful to uphold international solidarity and jointly tackle global challenges, rather than divide the world and erect artificial obstacles to solving various problems facing mankind," Wang added.