Beijing: China accused the G7 nations of “political manipulation” after the foreign leaders criticized the dragon over its human rights record in Xinjiang and noted the alleged abuses against Uyghur Muslims, minorities in the region.
China said the foreign leaders are interfering in the country’s internal affairs, based on “lies, rumors and baseless accusations”.
The G7 nations had also called out the repression of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, with US president Joe Biden asking Beijing to “start acting more responsibly in terms of international norms on human rights”.
The Chinese embassy in London put out an official statement saying, “The Group of Seven (G7) takes advantage of Xinjiang-related issues to engage in political manipulation and interfere in China’s internal affairs, which we firmly oppose.”
The leaders of Group of Seven richest democracies also demanded a second transparent science-based study into the origins of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), according to a draft communiqué.
In recent times, Beijing has drawn the ire of the West over its alleged human rights violations and forced labor practices in the Xinjiang region, largely inhabited by Uyghur Muslims, an ethnic minority group in China.
Several global human rights groups have accused China of hounding an estimated one million Uyghur Muslims in internment camps in the Xinjiang region.
Beijing says the move will eradicate Islamic extremism, but Western nations have expressed apprehension over what they call a gross violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms.
China a global security challenge: NATO leaders
Brussels: NATO leaders declared that China poses a constant security challenge and is working to undermine global order.
The leaders said they’re worried about how fast the Chinese are developing nuclear missiles.
In a summit statement, the leaders said that China’s goals and “assertive behavior present systemic challenges to the rules-based international order and to areas relevant to alliance security.”
While the 30 heads of State and the government avoided calling China a rival, they expressed concern about what they said were its “coercive policies,” the opaque ways it is modernizing its armed forces and its use of disinformation.
They called on Beijing to uphold its international commitments and to act responsibly in the international system.