Beijing denounces ‘greatest threat’ label — RT World News
G7 members criticize China for overthrowing foreign governments and engaging in coercive practices, the country’s foreign ministry says
The G7 countries will not be able to make the world believe that Beijing is undermining global stability, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Monday.
In a series of posts on Twitter, Hua lambasted such a stance, writing: “Some G7 members have called China ‘the greatest threat to global security and prosperity’. Seriously?”
She was apparently referring to remarks by British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who said at the group’s summit in Hiroshima, Japan, that “China poses the greatest challenge to global security and prosperity of our time,” as he called for reducing reliance on Chinese supply chains.
He added that the UK and the G7 were taking steps to prevent Beijing from using “economic coercion to interfere in the sovereign affairs of others”.
“If China is a threat, then what are some G7 members going to war against sovereign states, overthrowing legitimate foreign governments, withdrawing from multilateral treaties, and forcing other countries to sever supply chains?” Hua asked.
The spokesperson then underlined the place of China as “the number one engine of the world economy”, and that Beijing contributes more to global growth than all G7 members combined while being the second largest donor to UN peacekeeping funding.
“The real world will not be brainwashed or deceived”, she says.
Sunak’s rebuke of China appeared to be much harsher than the G7 joint statement outlining the challenges posed by Beijing. The band members, in particular, insisted that they “ready to build constructive and stable relations with China”, adding that “we do not decouple or turn in on ourselves” when it comes to economic ties with the Asian giant.
However, the G7 stressed the need for what it called “reduce risk and diversify” and reduce “overdependencies in our critical supply chains.” The group also berated Beijing for “non-market policies and practices, which distort the global economy”, promising to build resistance to what he called economic coercion.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry was not convinced, however, saying that “Massive unilateral sanctions and acts of ‘decoupling’…make the United States the real coercitor” while urging the G7 not to become the “partner in crime” in this regard.
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