G7 foreign ministers express concern over China's human rights violations in Xinjiang, Tibet

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale  - Senior Editor
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G7 foreign ministers on Friday reiterated the importance of peace in the Taiwan Strait and expressed their concern over human rights violations in Xinjiang and Tibet by Chinese authorities, Taiwan News reported, citing a joint statement issued on Friday.

The ministers called for a peaceful resolution of cross-Strait issues, saying regional peace and stability are “indispensable to the security and prosperity of the entire international community”.

He also reaffirmed his support for Taiwan's inclusion in international organizations such as the World Health Assembly and technical meetings of the World Health Organization. He said there has been no change in the basic position of G7 members on Taiwan.

The ministers expressed concern about China's human rights violations in Xinjiang and Tibet and pointed to the “decline of pluralism” in Hong Kong. He also urged China to stop activities that undermine the security of democratic institutions and communities.

The joint statement comes after US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Krittenbrink met with Qiu Kaiming, deputy director of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, in Beijing on April 15.

Krittenbrink, along with Sarah Beran, senior director for China and Taiwan affairs at the US National Security Council, stressed the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

He also assured Beijing that there would be no change in America's “One China” policy, Taiwan News reported.

Despite calls from the international community for regional peace, China has continued to increase military activity around Taiwan. The threat of a possible invasion of Taiwan has prompted the United States to help strengthen Taiwan's defense.

Recently, US House Speaker Mike Johnson proposed the 2024 Indo-Pacific Security Supplemental Appropriations Act on April 17, which would remove $2 from the foreign military funding program for Taiwan and other regional security partners to “counter Chinese aggression.” Allocates USD billion (NTD 65.07 billion). ” It also provides an additional US$1.9 billion for “the supply of defense materials and defense services” for Taiwan and other partners.

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