(Beijing) The strong man of Chinese diplomacy, on Friday, on the opening day of the G7 summit, denounced the United States’ desire to form “groups”, during a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
These statements come as US President Joe Biden is trying to unite his Western allies against Beijing on many issues, from trade to human rights to technology.
“The only true multilateralism is that which is based on the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and international law,” Yang Jiechi, the highest-ranking diplomatic official of the Communist Party of China, told his interlocutor.
“He is someone who treats everyone equally and promotes mutually beneficial cooperation. He is not a pseudo-pluralism based on clique interests and bloc politics,” he declared, according to China’s CCTV.
This Yang Blinken phone call is the first high-level bilateral diplomatic dialogue between China and the United States since the tense March meeting in Alaska between the two men, which was widely broadcast on air.
Leaders of the G7 superpowers (the United States, Germany, Canada, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom), who will meet on Friday in Cornwall, England, should discuss the challenges posed by China.
The summit also marks the return of the United States to the international stage after the years of isolation experienced by Donald Trump. Like his predecessor, the current US president wants to be firm with Beijing.
But unlike Mr. Trump, he wants to use the diplomatic channel to rally his international partners against China over Chinese trade, technologies, or the treatment of the Uighur minority, which Washington classifies as “genocide.”
“The United States should resolve its gross violations of human rights and not use the so-called human rights issues as a pretext to arbitrarily interfere in the internal affairs of other countries,” Yang Jiechi said on Friday.
On a more positive note, the senior Chinese official called on the United States to “work with China” to “put Sino-US relations back on track” that “remains dominated by dialogue and cooperation.”