Chinese Embassy in UK blasts G7 statement

TEHRAN, Jun. 14 (MNA) – Beijing has previously slammed the group of seven as outdated, saying "the days when global decisions were dictated by a small group of countries are long gone".

The Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom lodged a strong protest on Monday after the G7 statement mentioning Hong Kong, Xinjiang, and Taiwan and called on the member states to stop interfering in China's internal affairs. The diplomats stressed the G7 nations' focus on Xinjiang is purely political manipulation, noting that China must not be slandered and its interests must not be violated.

At the same time, the embassy referred to the G7's mention of the origins of the coronavirus, stressing that any investigation into the matter should be carried out by an international group of scientists and should not be politicized, Sputnik reported.

The recent summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, saw the leaders of the G7 countries (which includes the US, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, and Japan) convening for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Relations with China were one of the main issues on the agenda, according to various reports.

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