China urges G7 to stop ‘inciting confrontation

China revealed a lot of dissatisfaction with China-regarding remarks made by G7 foreign ministers and urged the bloc to put to hault inciting confrontation, its embassy in Japan said in a statement on Thursday. A two-day G7 foreign minister meeting held in Tokyo ended on Wednesday and mainly called for humanitarian pauses in the Israel-Hamas war to permit in aid and support the release of hostages.

In a collaborative statement, the G7 countries also pushed China to address its non-market policies, not to assist Russia in its war in opposition to Ukraine, to keep the serenity and stability all over the Taiwan Strait, and to permit a high level of autonomy for Hong Kong. “China will resolutely counter any smear campaigns from external forces,” the embassy said, adding it strongly protested in opposition to other nations feelings to hinder China with regards to Taiwan.

President Tsai Ing-wen, of the democratically ruled Taiwan Island, said she will go on to work with G7 members toward a free and open Indo Pacific. Critical remarks on Taiwan and Hong Kong have long riled Beijing, which understands such criticism as outside involvement in its domestic affairs. Democratically ruled Taiwan, which China considers as part of its territory, is the most sensitive problem.

Taiwan denies Beijing’s claim. Several Western countries have also constantly reminded Beijing to better protect Hong Kong’s democratic principles, freedoms and autonomy, which they say have weakened after the implementation of a national safety law in 2020. Hong Kong went back from British to Chinese rule in 1997 with the guarantee its freedoms would be protected under a “one nation, two systems” formula for at least 50 years.