China accused, this Saturday, the G7 of sowing discord against Beijing, after the leaders of the seven most industrialized countries criticized the use of “economic coercion” as a political tool, in a reference to the Asian giant.
“Some G7 members ignore the principles of market economy and fair competition, and unjustifiably crack down on Chinese companies,” the Chinese embassy in London said in a statement posted on the Chinese social network WeChat. “China is strongly dissatisfied and is firmly opposed to this,” the embassy said, quoted by Spanish news agency EFE.
Meeting between Friday and Sunday in the Japanese city of Hiroshima, the members of the G7 today defended the need to reduce “excessive dependence” on China and released a statement on the Taiwan issue.
The leaders of the bloc that brings together Germany, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom, plus the European Union (EU), also criticized the use of “economic coercion” as a political weapon, in an allusion to China.
The Chinese embassy accused Washington of “generalizing the concept of national security, abusing export control measures and adopting discriminatory and unfair practices against companies from other countries”.
“China itself is a victim of economic coercion by the United States,” the embassy said, noting that Beijing “has always been firmly opposed to economic coercion by other countries”. “It is the United States that must stop repressing and restricting other countries in the name of national security,” she said.
The Chinese embassy in London also said the United States must stop “indiscriminate unilateral intimidation”. He also accused Washington of “disturbing the security and stability of global industrial and supply chains”.
Chinese diplomacy called on the G7 to “abandon the Cold War mentality” and “stop interfering in the internal affairs of other countries”, as well as “creating clashes and divisions in the international community”. “As the rotating chairman of the G7, Japan must respond and address the concerns of the international community in a responsible manner,” he criticized.
Beijing assured that it “will fight resolutely and vigorously against any words and actions that harm China’s interests.”
Regarding Taiwan, he reaffirmed that the island “has been an inalienable part of China’s territory since ancient times” and defended the principle of “one China” for Beijing to develop relations with other countries. “The G7 ignores the facts and seriously interferes in China’s internal affairs on issues related to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet,” the embassy said.
He also accused the G7 of trying to “sow discord so that several countries confront China” and guaranteed that Beijing “is a firm defender” of international maritime law, in a reference to disputes in the South China Sea. “We always insist on the peaceful resolution of disputes through negotiations and consultations with the countries directly involved, based on respect for historical facts and in accordance with international law,” he added.