The Chinese mission to the EU expressed “strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition” to the declaration of the EU-US summit on issues considered “internal” between Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the seas of eastern and southern China, and the accusations against Beijing of “economic coercion” and “spreading disinformation”.
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The statement “is imbued with a Cold War mentality,” a spokesman for the mission said, adding that it “went far beyond the norm of developing bilateral relations”. An act developed by “a small group” that “goes against the current of history” to the detriment of “international and regional peace and stability”.
The summit communiqué specifically mentions human rights violations in Xinjiang and Tibet, the erosion of freedoms in Hong Kong, Beijing’s “economic coercion” and “disinformation campaigns”, as well as South China Sea issues and aggression towards Taiwan, which the China it considers part of its sovereignty and on which it does not allow interference. “There China no longer what it was in the past “, the note continues.
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“Intimidation will never work with us. We will remain on the path of peaceful development”, concludes the statement, “and at the same time we will firmly protect national sovereignty and the interests of security and development”.