Letzte Aktualisierung: March 8, 2021

Foreign minister: China is not a 'systemic rival' of the EU

In his annual press conference, Foreign Minister Wang Yi raised controversial issues – and made China's positions clear: In Hong Kong, the politicians there must "love their motherland", and the accusations of genocide in Xinjiang are "rumors". He called for more cooperation with the USA but, at the same time, forbade Washington to interfere in internal affairs. With regard to the ILO's forced labor requirements, he promised "efforts". However, there were no concrete announcements.

Once a year, China's foreign minister holds a major press conference to coincide with the National People's Congress session, at which Western and Chinese journalists are admitted. This was also the case yesterday, on the occasion of the fourth session of the 13th Chinese National People's Congress (NPC). Media representatives asked about 30 questions – including controversial topics: Xinjiang province and the accusation of genocide against the Uyghurs, China's vaccination diplomacy, Hong Kong's security law, Taiwan, India, Myanmar, climate change, forced labor, difficult relations with the United States, as well as border disputes in the South China Sea. As expected, the foreign minister's answers were routine. Wang makes it clear right at the beginning that the "party is the anchor of diplomacy".
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