Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Sun Weidong speaks during a bilateral meeting in Manila, Philippines, 24 March 2023. EFE-EPA FILE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG/POOL

China summons Japan’s ambassador over ‘smears’ during G7 summit

Beijing, May 22 (EFE).- China lodged a protest with Japan’s ambassador in Beijing, Tarumi Hideo, for what it described as “smears” and “attacks” against it and for “hyping up China-related issues” during the recently concluded G7 summit in the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

Leaders of the Group of Seven nations attend a session with other guest countries during the G7 Hiroshima Summit in Hiroshima, Japan, 21 May 2023. EFE-EPA/JAPAN POOL JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/

“G7 adheres to the confrontation between camps and the Cold War mentality, and its actions violate the general trend of history, objective facts and international morality,” Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Sun Weidong said, according to a statement posted by the foreign ministry on its website on Sunday night.

As the rotating chair of the Group of Seven bloc, Japan “collaborated with relevant countries to smear and attack China in the series of activities and joint declarations of the G7 Hiroshima summit, grossly interfering in China’s internal affairs, violating the basic principles of international law,” Sun said.

A joint statement by the member countries – France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Japan, the United States and Canada – stressed the need for “constructive and stable relations” with the Asian country and urged Beijing to pressure Moscow to end its war on Ukraine.

It also opposed China’s “militarization” activities in the South China Sea and called for a “peaceful resolution of cross-Strait issues” in reference to Taiwan.

The Chinese vice foreign minister said that Taiwan belonged to China, and that “the resolution of the Taiwan issue is the Chinese people’s own business, which should be decided by the Chinese.”

He added that Beijing “will never allow any external forces to make irresponsible remarks or interfere” in matters pertaining to Xinjiang province, Hong Kong and Tibet.

Sun also accused the United States of “undermining the rules of the international order and disrupting the operation of the world economy.”

“Gone are the days when individual Western countries wantonly interfered in the internal affairs of other countries and manipulated global affairs,” Sun said, urging the bloc to “stop creating and provoking division and confrontation.”

“The Japanese side should correct its understanding of China, grasp its strategic independence, abide by the principles of the four political documents between China and Japan, and truly promote the stable development of bilateral relations with a constructive attitude,” he concluded. EFE