China accuses G7 of “manipulation” after criticism over Xinjiang, Hong Kong

After their summit, G7 leaders accused Beijing of not “respecting human rights” in Xinjiang, where the Uighur minority live, as well as in Hong Kong. China accused the G7 of “political manipulation”.

China accused the G7 of “political manipulation” on Monday after its members called on Beijing to “respect human rights” in Xinjiang and Hong Kong. In their final statement issued after a three-day meeting in Cornwall (south-west England), G7 leaders accused Beijing of failing to “respect human rights” in Xinjiang, where the Uighur minority live, as well as Hong Kong. In too.

For his part, US President Joe Biden urged Beijing to “act more responsibly in terms of human rights”. The Chinese embassy in the United Kingdom reacted angrily to these statements on Monday, accusing the G7 of “interfering”.

“It is taking advantage of Xinjiang-related issues to engage in political manipulation and interference in China’s internal affairs, and we strongly oppose it,” an embassy spokesman said in a statement.

China’s baseless allegations

The latter accused the G7 of “lies, rumours and baseless allegations”. Human rights organizations say that in Xinjiang, an area predominantly populated by Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking ethnic minority and mainly Muslims, more than one million Uighurs are in political re-education camps or detained.

The heads of state and government of France, Italy, said, “We intend to promote our values, which include respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms relating to Xinjiang from China and a significant degree of these rights, freedoms as well as autonomy involves doing.” , the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, Germany and Japan in their final release.

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An inquiry was requested to determine the origin of COVID-19

At the summit, the leaders of the G7 industrialized countries also pledged to have more vaccinations and fight against climate change. He also called for an investigation by the World Health Organization (WHO) into the origin of COVID-19 in China.

To this request, the Chinese embassy responded that this should be done “in a scientific, objective and impartial manner” without accepting a new investigation.

“The current pandemic is still rampant around the world, and the task of tracing its origin should be done by global scientists and not political,” the embassy said.

The coronavirus first appeared in China in late 2019. WHO sent international experts there to determine its origin. His report, published at the end of March, failed to draw conclusions and raised voices against Beijing’s lack of cooperation and transparency.

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