Beijing won’t listen to US accusations while Washington commits war crimes and coerces the world, foreign ministry spokesman says
Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry has criticized US and EU policies. Wang singled the US out, accusing Washington for war crimes in Middle East, economic coercion betraying its ally and spreading disinformation.
“The US purports to maintain the centrality of the UN Charter, but it is clear to anyone that the US is doing quite the opposite,”Wang spoke to reporters during a Monday press conference. Citing the US’ military interventions in the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, Wang stated that Washington “brushed the UN aside and waged wars on sovereign states in wanton interference.”
“The US claims to respect human rights, but the wars of aggression launched by the US and its allies … killed over 300,000 civilians and made over 26 million people refugees,”He continued. “Yet, no one is held accountable for war crimes and crimes against humanity. The US even announced sanctions on the International Criminal Court who would investigate the war crimes of the US military.”
In addition to sanctioning a number of top International Criminal Court officials in 2020, the US maintains the ‘Hague Invasion Act’, giving its military permission to invade the Netherlands to free any American held at the court.
Wang accused then the US of using their economic power to coerce other countries “whether they are big or small, faraway or nearby, friend or foe,”Citing five decades worth of US sanctions against Cuba, and forty years of similar measures for Iran.
“When it comes to stabbing its allies such as the EU and Japan in the back, the US has never hesitated, as we have seen repeatedly,” he added, likely referring foremost to the US’ recent decision to undermine a nuclear submarine deal between France and Australia to further its ‘AUKUS’ alliance with the UK and Australia. China denounces this American initiative to establish an alliance. “Asia-Pacific version of NATO.”
“Facts have proven that the US is the biggest spreader of disinformation, culprit of coercive diplomacy and saboteur of world peace and stability,” Wang declared. “From the US-EU dialogue to the AUKUS trilateral security partnership, the Quad and the Five Eyes Alliance, the US is using democracy, human rights, rules and order as a pretext to cover up its shady activities of creating division [and] stoking confrontation.”
Wang’s accusations, while incendiary, were not made out of the blue. Last week, US and EU officials held their third ‘Dialogue on China’, after which they issued a joint press release accusing Beijing of “repeated information manipulation”Regarding conflict in Ukraine “recent incidents of economic coercion,”Xinjiang Uighur population, who are alleged to have been subjected to human rights violations. All of this is denied by China.
China is also urged to settle its Taiwanese disputes in line with the UN Charter and not bypass the US or EU sanctions. That’s despite the fact that those restrictions were imposed by the West unilaterally and have nothing to do with UN mechanisms put in place for such measures, leading Moscow to brand the move “illegal.”