BEIJING: China on Monday accused the G7 of “political manipulation” after it criticised Beijing over its human rights file in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.
In a communique after a three-day summit in England, G7 leaders slammed China over abuses in opposition to minorities within the Xinjiang area and pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, whereas US President Joe Biden known as for Beijing to “begin appearing extra responsibly by way of worldwide norms on human rights”.
The Chinese language embassy in the UK responded angrily on Monday, and accused the G7 of “interfering”.
“The Group of Seven (G-7) takes benefit of Xinjiang-related points to have interaction in political manipulation and intrude in China’s inner affairs, which we firmly oppose,” an embassy spokesman mentioned in an announcement.
The assertion accused the G7 of “lies, rumours and baseless accusations”.
Human rights teams say China has rounded up an estimated a million Uyghurs and different minorities in Xinjiang into internment camps, which Beijing says is to eradicate Islamic extremism.
“We’ll promote our values, together with by calling on China to respect human rights and basic freedoms” the G7 communique learn.
At their first bodily summit in practically two years, leaders of the seven nations introduced various pledges on Covid-19 vaccinations, local weather change, rights and commerce.
In addition they known as for a brand new investigation in China into the origins of Covid-19 — prompting a response from the Chinese language embassy that the work must be carried out in a “scientific, goal and truthful method”, with out agreeing to a brand new probe.
“The present epidemic remains to be raging world wide, and the traceability work needs to be carried out by world scientists and shouldn’t be politicized,” the embassy mentioned.
The coronavirus first emerged in central China in late 2019, and the World Well being Group despatched a crew of worldwide specialists in January to probe its origins.
However their long-delayed report revealed in March drew no agency conclusions, and the investigation has since confronted criticism for missing transparency and entry.
The G7 additionally introduced a brand new infrastructure fund which President Biden mentioned could be “way more equitable” than China’s large Belt and Street Initiative.
The Chinese language embassy assertion complained in response that the “accusations in opposition to China on financial and commerce points within the communique are inconsistent with the info and are unreasonable.”