The Chinese Embassy in London responded on Monday to a joint statement released by leaders at the G-7 summit in Cornwall, England, and said those countries should focus on cooperation without “harming” its interests. .
“We urge the United States and other G-7 members to respect the facts, understand the situation, stop slandering China, stop interfering in China’s internal affairs, and stop harming to the interests of China, ”one reads in a press release from the embassy, according to Reuters.
President Biden aimed to persuade summit leaders to present a more united front against China’s “non-market policies and human rights abuses”. China was a major focal point at the summit and was the main topic of a 90-minute session on Saturday, according to the Wall Street Journal. The newspaper reported that the organizers of the event made an effort to prevent eavesdropping during the conversation and that some attendees lost access to their cell phones.
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In the group’s 25-page statement released on Sunday, the group said, “With respect to China and competition in the global economy, we will continue to consult on collective approaches to challenge non-market policies and practices that jeopardize the fair and transparent functioning of the global economy. “
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The leaders also said they would assert their values by calling on China to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms in Xinjiang, where Beijing is accused of committing serious human rights violations against the Uyghur minority, and in the semi-autonomous city of Hong Kong.
“The only way to deal with global threats is to work with our partners and allies,” Biden said at a press conference after the summit. “America is back at the table,” he said.
The Chinese Embassy said the facts about these issues were distorted and revealed the “sinister intentions of a few countries like the United States.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report