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China’s Xi warns against ‘bossing, meddling’

Beijing: In an apparent swipe at West, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a rejection of hegemonic powers in global governance, saying there should be no “bossing” and “meddling” in another country’s affairs.

His statement came amid rising China-US tensions over wide-ranging issues, including Beijing’s role in Xinjiang, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

“Bossing others around or meddling in others’ internal affairs would not get one any support,” Xi said, addressing the annual Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) over video link. In state-to-state relations, the principles of equality, mutual respect and mutual trust must be put front and centre, Xi said.

Xi criticized efforts by some countries – without naming any – to “build barriers” and “decouple”, which he said would harm others and benefit no one. “Big countries should behave in a manner befitting to their status and with a greater sense of responsibility,” Xi added.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has made it all the more clear to people around the world that we must reject the Cold War and zero-sum mentality and oppose a new Cold War and ideological confrontation in whatever forms,” he said.

Notwithstanding a patch of common ground on the fight against the climate crisis, US President Joe Biden has been working on uniting allies such as the UK, the EU and Japan on countering China.

Last month, Biden held the first summit of the Quad, comprising the US, India, Australia and Japan.

The Chinese president also said that his country has no plans to enter an arms race.

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China rejects ‘interference’ in HK after EU concerns

Beijing: China rejected “any foreign intervention” in Hong Kong after the European Union (EU) warned of “very negative consequences” if the controversial national security law was implemented in the city.

“We oppose any foreign interference in this matter,” said Wang Lutong, director-general of European Affairs at China’s Foreign Ministry, adding that the interests of European companies in the city would not be affected.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that the implementation of the law, whose final approval is expected by the end of this month, could have “very negative consequences”, reports Efe news.

Her comment came after she and EU Council Charles Michel had a video meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.

Wang said that the national security law for the semi-autonomous city, passed by China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) on May 28, will allow Hong Kong to regain its prosperity, which was in the interest of all.

The NPC Standing Committee plans to pass the legislation so that it comes into effect on July 1, the 23rd anniversary of the city’s handover from the UK to China.

Wang added that the issue was an internal matter so any interference was unwelcome.

In her remarks, Von der Leyen had said that China and the EU “continue to have an unbalanced trade” and urged “more ambition on the Chinese side” to conclude negotiations on the bilateral pact.

The EU also reiterated that it considered Hong Kong and human rights in China “non-negotiable” and, after reviewing some specific cases with the Chinese leaders, said that it had raised concerns about the new national security law Beijing intends to enforce on Hong Kong, which it believes will jeopardize its autonomy.

Wang denied that the human right’s situation in China was deteriorating

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China threatens to retaliate against US over Hong Kong

Beijing: China has threatened to retaliate against the US after President Donald Trump said he will no longer extend trading privileges to Hong Kong over Beijing’s bid to exercise tighter control over the former British colony.

Last week, Trump ordered his government to begin the process of eliminating the city’s special status and condemned a controversial security law proposed by Beijing, reports Efe news.

China’s legislature approved a national security law seen as aimed at reducing the autonomy Hong Kong has enjoyed since rejoining the mainland in 1997 under the “one country, two systems” formula.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a press conference that China was “firmly opposed” to the US move.

“The announced measures severely interfere with China’s internal affairs, damage US-China relations, and will harm both sides,” he added.

He reiterated that “Hong Kong is part of China” and warned that “any words or actions by the US that harm China’s interests will meet with China’s firm counterattack”.

The controversial security law aims to ban any act of subversion against the central Chinese government in Hong Kong and to eradicate any loophole of “foreign interference” in the city.

It has been criticized by lawyers and activists who have warned that the legislation could curtail the freedoms enjoyed by the semi-autonomous city.

The legislation has already sparked protests in the city, as well as against another law that could criminalize insults to the Chinese anthem.

The Hong Kong government supports the law, while Beijing has previously warned that it will retaliate if the US adopts any form of sanction.

Trump’s order seeks to hit both the city, which is an important international financial and commercial center, and China, which uses the territory to negotiate with other countries.

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China extends olive branch after US seeks discussion on HK

New Delhi/Washington: China extended reconciliatory messages to India after the US requested for an immediate online UN Security Council meeting to discuss a new legislation for Hong Kong to crush all dissent.

The US mission at the UN said that China’s proposed national security law for Hong Kong is a “matter of urgent global concern that implicates international peace and security, and warrants the immediate attention of the UN Security Council”.

Infuriated by the move, China’s Ambassador to the UN, Zhang Jun tweeted that Beijing “categorically rejects the baseless request of the US for a Security Council meeting” and “legislation on national security for Hong Kong is purely China’s internal affairs”.

The Chinese Ambassador to India, Sun Weidong in a selective interaction with Indian media extended an olive branch to New Delhi over the ongoing face-off along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh between the soldiers of the two countries.

“China and India should never let their differences shadow the overall bilateral ties and must enhance mutual trust,” he said.

The reconciliatory messages came after weeks of simmering tensions on both Eastern and Western frontiers between the two countries.

On May 5, the Chinese side took offence to the construction of a road by India on its own side in the Pangong Tso Lake area beside another road connecting the Darbuk-Shayok-Daulat Beg Oldie road in Galwan Valley.

Around 250 soldiers of both sides engaged in a violent face-off using iron rods, sticks, and even resorted to stone-pelting.

In a similar incident, Indian and Chinese forces clashed in North Sikkim on May 9 near Naku La Pass in the Sikkim sector.

On both the Western and Eastern sectors, soldiers sustained injuries.

After talks through established mechanisms at the LAC and the border, both sides disengaged.

In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that “now the China-India border area situation is overall stable and controllable”, adding that both China and India have proper mechanisms and communication channels to resolve the issues through dialogue and consultations.

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