Beijing | China Thursday “strongly” condemned the statement of the Group of Seven foreign ministers, who criticized its policy on human rights and repression in Hong Kong.
“The G7 ministers made baseless accusations against China and blatantly interfered in its internal affairs,” Chinese diplomatic spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters.
The ministers of the seven countries (Germany, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom), during their meeting in London, called on Beijing to “respect human rights and fundamental freedoms.”
The Group of Seven said it was “concerned” about violations of basic rights, especially in Xinjiang (northwest China), where the Muslim minority “Uyghurs and members of other ethnic and religious minorities are being targeted.”
Speaking of Hong Kong, where Beijing imposed the National Security Act last year, the ministers criticized the communist system for “fundamentally undermining the democratic elements of the electoral system” in the former British colony.
In response, Wang on Thursday called on the G7 countries to “deal with their problems.”