The Chinese government has condemned the G7 communiqué criticizing human rights issues or their relationship with Taiwan, and urged signatories to focus on their own affairs and not interfere with the Asian giants.
“We urge countries to face their internal problems, to correct their selfish behavior in the fight against the pandemic and not to further expand the concept of national security,” said a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Wang Wenbin, at a press conference.
With that in mind, he pointed out that it is the G7 members meeting in the UK this week who “must stop disregarding international law, interfering in China’s internal affairs and defaming China”. “These attempts will never be successful,” he warned, according to the Bloomberg news agency.
In their statement, the G7 foreign ministers called on China to participate “constructively” in the rules-based international system and criticized the treatment of minorities in Xinjiang and Tibet. They also supported Taiwan’s participation in World Health Organization (WHO) forums.