Beijing: China hit out at the upcoming first-ever Quad summit to be hosted by the US President Joe Biden, saying the formation of “exclusive cliques” targeting other countries runs counter to the trend of the times and is “doomed to fail”.
President Biden would host the first in-person Quad summit on September 24 in Washington which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia and Japanese premier Yoshihide Suga.
Asked for his comment on the upcoming Quad summit, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a media briefing here that cooperation between the countries should not target third parties.
“It is China’s consistent belief that any regional cooperation mechanism should follow the trend of peace and development and help promote mutual trust and cooperation among regional countries rather than target a third party or undermine its interests,” Zhao said.
“Forming closed and exclusive ‘cliques” targeting other countries runs counter to the trend of the times and deviates from the expectation of regional countries. It thus wins no support and is doomed to fail,” he said.
China is not only a major engine of economic growth in the Asia-Pacific, but also a staunch defender of regional peace and stability, he said.
The Quad summit will take place amidst China’s aggressive behavior in the resource-rich South China Sea.
Chinese envoy barred from UK Parliament
London: Leaders in the UK parliament barred a visit by China’s new ambassador after Beijing slapped sanctions against critical British MPs.
Envoy Zheng Zeguang was due to address a group of members drawn from both the Houses of Commons and Lords who work on promoting UK-China relations.
But Iain Duncan Smith — one of nine UK MPs and individuals sanctioned by China for opposing Communist Party policies, particularly those affecting Uyghurs in the northwest region of Xinjiang — had said the visit would be “reprehensible”.
Among the sanctions imposed on the parliamentarians and their family members in March was a travel ban prohibiting them from entering mainland China or the former UK colony of Hong Kong.
China’s sanctions against the MPs came shortly after Britain – along with the United States, Canada, and European Union – placed sanctions on Chinese officials deemed responsible for human rights abuses in Xinjiang.