The G7 wants to “work with China”, assures Emmanuel Macron

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Emmanuel Macron assured Sunday that the G7 was “not a club hostile to China”, even if the final statement calls on Beijing to respect human rights in the territory of Xinjiang and in Hong Kong. The French president said during a press conference after the summit in Cornwall that the G7 is a “set of democracies” which wants “to work with China on all global issues” despite the differences.

The leaders of the major powers of the G7 on Sunday called on China to “respect the human rights” of the Uighur Muslim minority in the Xinjiang region and Hong Kong, while wanting to cooperate with Beijing when “it is in a mutual interest” .

“We intend to promote our values, including calling on China to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms concerning Xinjiang and these rights, freedoms as well as a significant degree of autonomy in Hong Kong,” said the heads of state and government of France, Italy, United Kingdom, Canada, United States, Germany and Japan in the final communiqué of their summit held in Carbis Bay (south-west of England).

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