Group of Seven leaders called on China to respect human rights in its Xinjiang region, grant Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy and refrain from any unilateral action that could destabilize the seas. Eastern and southern China, according to a draft version of the G7 summit press release. seen by Reuters.
China’s re-emergence as the world’s leading power is considered one of the most important geopolitical events of recent times, with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 that ended the Cold War.
But the return of China as a world power has pissed off the United States: President Joe Biden makes China the main strategic competitor and pledges to face China’s “economic abuses” and to fight against it. human rights violations.
“We will promote our values, in particular by calling on China to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, in particular with regard to Xinjiang and these rights, freedoms and high degree of autonomy for Hong Kong enshrined in the Sino-British joint statement, ”said the G7. said in a statement that was almost finalized.
Before criticism of the G7 emerged, China made clear to G7 leaders that the days when “small” groups of countries decided the fate of the world were long gone.
The G7 also said it had underlined “the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and to encourage peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues.”
“We remain gravely concerned about the situation in the East and South China Seas and strongly oppose any unilateral attempt to change the status quo and increase tensions,” he added.
“We also call for a timely, transparent, expert-led and scientifically convened WHO Phase 2 study into the origins of COVID-19, including, as recommended by the experts report, in China,” the statement said. , which is almost finalized, mentioned.
“The days when global decisions were dictated by a small group of countries are long gone,” said a spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in London.
“We always believe that countries, big or small, strong or weak, poor or rich, are equal, and that world affairs should be dealt with through consultations by all countries. “
Beijing has repeatedly fought back against what it perceives to be attempts by Western powers to contain China, and says many great powers are still grappling with an outdated imperial mentality after years of China’s humiliation.
UN experts and rights groups estimate that more than a million people, mostly Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities, have been detained in recent years in a vast camp system in Xinjiang.
China denies all charges of forced labor or abuse. He initially denied the existence of the camps, but has since said they were vocational training centers designed to counter extremism. At the end of 2019, China declared that all people in the camps were “graduates.”
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