Beijing spokesman responds defensively to ANZ United Front

Beijing spokesman responds defensively to ANZ United Front

Beijing has reacted defensively to the united attitude of the Prime Minister of Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) towards the Chinese regime after expressing ‘serious concern’ about human rights in the Xinjiang region of China, the restriction of rights and freedoms in Hong Kong . , and more.

This comes after Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern comprehensive joint statement after their annual leaders’ summit in Queenstown, New Zealand.

“The prime ministers have expressed deep concern about developments that restrict the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong and undermine the high degree of autonomy that China Hong Kong guaranteed until 2047 under the Sino-British Joint Declaration,” the statement said.

Beijing is believed to have violated this arrangement last year when it imposed Hong Kong national law. Since then, pro-democracy activists have been arrested and imprisoned, and countries such as Australia and the United Kingdom have offered funds to flee Hong Kongers to obtain visas.

The Prime Minister also expressed serious concern about the human rights situation in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and called on China to respect the human rights of the Uyghur people and other Muslim minorities and to make sense of the United Nations and other independent observers. and provide unrestricted access. to the region, ”reads the statement.

In response to the joint statement, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin indicated that the feelings of ANZ’s prime ministers were not conducive to bilateral relations or peace and stability.

Wang claims that the actions of the Chinese regime in Xinjiang – described by some countries as genocide – are about “counter-violence, anti-separatism and de-radicalization” and not about “human rights, ethnicity or religion.”

He also said that Hong Kong’s issues were ‘purely China’s internal affairs’ and rejected ‘external interference’, which he said came ‘under the guise of human rights’, calling it ‘irresponsible remarks’ and ‘baseless accusations’.

The ANZ Prime Minister’s statement confirms the need to maintain sovereignty in an ‘era of increasing strategic competition’ between the United States and China.

They also warned against actors who want to divide the allies by creating ‘points of difference’ between them.

“The Prime Ministers reaffirmed their intention and shared their approaches to combating foreign interference and agreed that it was important to build resilience in all sectors of society, including education, infrastructure, research, electoral processes, media and communities. , “reads the joint statement.

They also expressed concern about the increased militarization of the South China Sea in Beijing, stressing the importance of freedom of navigation and overflow.

“They stressed that maritime zones must comply with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and called on all parties to respect and enforce decisions made by UNCLOS dispute resolution mechanisms,” the statement said. . ‘The Prime Ministers reiterated the importance of the South China Sea Code of Conduct in accordance with international law, in particular UNCLOS. does not prejudice the rights and interests of third parties, and supports the existing, inclusive regional architecture. ”

Beijing has denied the allegations and called them “baseless”.