China on Monday accused the G7 of “political manipulation” following it criticised Beijing more than its human rights record in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.
In a communique following a 3-day summit in England, G7 leaders slammed China more than abuses against minorities in the Xinjiang area and pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, when US President Joe Biden named for Beijing to “start acting more responsibly in terms of international norms on human rights”.
The Chinese embassy in the United Kingdom responded angrily on Monday, and accused the G7 of “interfering”.
“The Group of Seven (G-7) takes advantage of Xinjiang-related issues to engage in political manipulation and interfere in China’s internal affairs, which we firmly oppose,” an embassy spokesman stated in a statement.
The statement accused the G7 of “lies, rumours and baseless accusations”.
Human rights groups say China has rounded up an estimated one million Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang into internment camps, which Beijing says is to eradicate Islamic extremism.
“We will promote our values, including by calling on China to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms” the G7 communique study.
At their 1st physical summit in almost two years, leaders of the seven nations announced a quantity of pledges on Covid-19 vaccinations, climate alter, rights and trade.
They also named for a new investigation in China into the origins of Covid-19 — prompting a response from the Chinese embassy that the work requirements to be completed in a “scientific, objective and fair manner”, with no agreeing to a new probe.
“The current epidemic is still raging around the world, and the traceability work should be carried out by global scientists and should not be politicized,” the embassy stated.
The coronavirus 1st emerged in central China in late 2019, and the World Health Organization sent a group of international specialists in January to probe its origins.
But their lengthy-delayed report published in March drew no firm conclusions, and the investigation has given that faced criticism for lacking transparency and access.
The G7 also announced a new infrastructure fund which President Biden stated would be “much more equitable” than China’s huge Belt and Road Initiative.
The Chinese embassy statement complained in response that the “accusations against China on economic and trade issues in the communique are inconsistent with the facts and are unreasonable.”
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