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G7: China must pressure Russia to stop Ukraine war

G7: China must pressure Russia to stop Ukraine war

GARMIS-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany, June 28 (Reuters) – Group of Seven leaders urged China on Tuesday to use its leverage with Russia to stop its invasion of Ukraine and drop “extended maritime claims” in the South China Sea, in an unprecedentedly fierce criticism of Beijing’s policies. A human rights record.

They called on China to pressure Russia to withdraw its forces from Ukraine immediately and unconditionally, citing a ruling by the International Court of Justice ordering Moscow to suspend its military operation, and relevant UN General Assembly resolutions.

China says sanctions against Russia cannot solve the Ukraine crisis and has criticized the United States and its allies for supplying arms to Ukraine.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a press briefing on Wednesday, when the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman was asked, “The G7 countries only make up 10% of the world’s population. They have no right to represent the world or to think that their values ​​and standards should be applicable to the world. About the G7 statement.

In the closing statement of the three-day summit in the Bavarian Alps, the Group of Seven rich industrial democracies targeted what they called coercive non-market Chinese policies that have distorted the global economy.

The Chinese section of the statement, highlighted by the United States, referred to China’s “opaque and market-distorting interventions” and other forms of economic and industry guidance.

The G7 leaders committed themselves to working together to ensure a level playing field for their businesses and workers.

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The statement also expressed grave concern over the situation in the East China Sea and the South China Sea and the unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force or coercion.

“We affirm that there is no legal basis for China’s expansionist maritime claims in the South China Sea,” she said.

The G7 is also now “deeply concerned” – a term not used at their summit a year ago – about the human rights situation in China, including forced labor in Tibet and Xinjiang. They said China should also fulfill its obligations to uphold rights, freedom and a high degree of autonomy in Hong Kong.

The NATO summit, which begins immediately after the G7 summit, is due to address China’s deep ties with Russia since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine and what is seen as Beijing’s growing tendency to project its geopolitical power abroad. Read more

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(Philip Blinkensop Report), Additional reporting by Yu Lun Tian in Beijing; Editing by Mark Heinrich and Frank Jack Daniel

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