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Archive for May 22, 2023

Newsline: China summons Japanese envoy

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Sun Weidong summoned Japanese Ambassador to China Hideo Tarumi to lodge solemn representations over the G7 Hiroshima summit. Hideo Tarumi was summoned for ‘over-hyping’ China-related issues at the G7 summit. Sun Weidong pointed out that the G7 adheres to the confrontation between camps and the cold war mentality and its actions violate the general trend of history, objective facts and international morality. “Japan, as the rotating presidency of the G7 this year, collaborated with relevant countries to smear and attack China in the series of activities and joint declarations of the G7 Hiroshima summit, grossly interfering in China’s internal affairs, violating the basic principles of international law and the spirit of the four political documents between China and Japan, and harming China. China is strongly dissatisfied and firmly opposes it,” Sun Weidong said in a statement. (https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/world/china-summons-japan-s-ambassador-for-over-hyping-beijing-related-issues-at-g7-summit/ar-AA1btZ2D) According to a statement issued by the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Sunday night, Sun said Japan, the rotating presidency of the G7, has colluded with other countries in attacking China, and grossly interfering in China’s internal affairs.

Newsline: Chinese embassy in Britain urges London to stop smearing China

The Chinese embassy in Britain in a statement asked London to stop slandering China to avoid further damage to China-UK relations. “The relevant remarks by the British side are simply parroting words from others and constitute malicious slanders in disregard of the facts. China firmly opposes and strongly condemns this,” the embassy statement said. (https://wsau.com/2023/05/21/chinese-embassy-in-britain-asks-london-to-stop-slandering-china-to-avoid-damage/) This comes after British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said China represents the world’s greatest challenge to security and prosperity but that other leading economies should not decouple from it after a summit of the Group of Seven (G7) nations.

Newsline: US, French diplomats criticize Israeli order on West Bank settler outpost

The US State Department rebuked Israel on Sunday over an order that allows Jewish settlers to establish a permanent presence in a West Bank outpost. The State Department has repeatedly called on Israel to refrain from any moves that escalate tensions with Palestinians, like formalizing settler outposts, and specifically warned it over Homesh. “We are deeply troubled by the Israeli government’s order that allows its citizens to establish a permanent presence in the Homesh outpost in the northern West Bank, which according to Israeli law was illegally built on private Palestinian land,” State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said in a statement. (https://neuters.de/world/middle-east/us-troubled-by-israeli-order-settler-presence-west-bank-outpost-state-dept-2023-05-21/) The chief of the Israeli military’s Central Command signed an order on Thursday that allows Israelis to enter the Homesh outpost area, paving the way for a formal settlement to be built there. The French foreign ministry also criticized the move, which it said was contrary to international law and breached commitments made by Israel at regional meetings this year in Aqaba and Sharm el-Sheikh. Israel’s embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.