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Spokesperson of the Chinese Mission to the EU Speaks on a Question Concerning the Joint Statement of the EU-Japan Summit on China

Q: On May 27, the EU and Japan issued a joint statement after the Summit, expressing serious concerns about the situation in the East and South China Seas, and underscoring the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. The two sides will coordinate on regional issues including Hong Kong and Xinjiang, continue exchanges on their respective relationships with China, and work together for a more secure, democratic and stable world. What is your comment?

A: The remarks made by the EU and Japan have completely gone beyond the norm of developing bilateral relations. Such remarks undermine international peace and stability, damage mutual understanding and trust between countries in the region, harm the interests of third parties and run counter to what they claim “working for a more secure, democratic and stable world”.

Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Xinjiang-related issues are China’s internal affairs. The East China Sea and the South China Sea concern China’s territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests. All these issues represent China’s fundamental interests and brook no interference. We express our strong discontent with and firm opposition to the remarks in the joint statement of the EU-Japan Summit. China will firmly defend its national sovereignty, security, and development interests.

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