G7 Summit statement on Hong Kong and Beijing’s firm opposition

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France's President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Donald Trump pose for the media as they meet for the first working session of the G7 Summit, in Biarritz, France, August 25, 2019. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS - RC1465932870

G7 Leaders’Declaration – Biarritz, France, 26 August 2019

The G7 Leaders wish to underline their great unity and the positive spirit of the debates. The G7 Summit organized by France in Biarritz has successfully produced agreements by the Heads of State and Government themselves on several points summarized below:

Trade
The G7 is committed to open and fair world trade and to the stability of the global economy. The G7 requests that the Finance Ministers closely monitor the state of the global economy. Therefore, the G7 wishes to overhaul the WTO to improve effectiveness with regard to intellectual property protection, to settle disputes more swiftly and to eliminate unfair trade practices. The G7 commits to reaching in 2020 an agreement to simplify regulatory barriers and modernize international taxation within the framework of the OECD.

Iran
We fully share two objectives: to ensure that Iran never acquires nuclear weapons and to foster peace and stability in the region.

Ukraine
France and Germany will organize a Normandy format summit in the coming weeks to achieve tangible results.

Libya
We support a truce in Libya that will lead to a long-term ceasefire. We believe that only a political solution can ensure Libya’s stability. We call for a well-prepared international conference to bring together all the stakeholders and regional actors relevant to this conflict.  We support in this regard the work of the United Nations and the African Union to set up an inter-Libyan conference.

Hong Kong
The G7 reaffirms the existence and importance of the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984 on Hong Kong and calls for violence to be avoided.

Source: Council of the European Union

China voices firm opposition to G7 statement on Hong Kong

China on Tuesday voiced strong dissatisfaction with and resolute opposition to “random accusations” and “irresponsible remarks” on Hong Kong affairs in a statement from the Group of Seven (G7) summit.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the remarks at a daily press briefing.

The G7 reportedly reaffirmed the existence and the importance of the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration on the Question of Hong Kong and called for avoiding violence in a joint statement issued Monday at the end of a G7 summit held in Biarritz, France.

“As we have emphasized on many occasions, Hong Kong affairs are purely China’s internal affairs, and no foreign governments, organizations or individuals have the right to intervene,” said Geng, when responding to a query about China’s comment on the statement from the G7 summit.

The demonstrations and violent protests have been running in Hong Kong for more than two months, and Hong Kong’s rule of law, social order, economy and wellbeing of the people, as well as its international image have been severely impacted as a result, Geng said.

“No one cares more about Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability than Chinese people, including residents of Hong Kong,” Geng said. “(Those) are our own affairs, we will handle them well. G7 members should not poke their noses into others’ business with ill-harbored intentions and conspiracies.”

On the aforementioned Joint Declaration between China and Britain, Geng said its ultimate goal and core content were to make sure China would take back Hong Kong in 1997 and the government of the People’s Republic of China would resume its exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong with effect from July 1, 1997.

“Since Hong Kong returned to the motherland in 1997, the Chinese government has exercised jurisdiction over Hong Kong according to the Constitution and the Basic Law,” he said. “Based on international law and basic norms governing international relations, no other country or organization is entitled to meddle in Hong Kong affairs under the pretext of the Joint Declaration.”

Source: Xinhua

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