China stresses three points on U.S.-Japan joint statement

China on Monday reiterated its stance on the joint statement of the U.S. and Japan, urging the two countries to stop manipulating issues related to China’s internal affairs and contribute more to regional peace and stability.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga issued the joint statement on Friday with “concerns” over China’s internal affairs.

China expressed its firm opposition immediately after the statement was released. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin refuted the rule boasted by the U.S. and Japan, claiming there is only one system, namely the UN-centered international system, and only one set of rules, the basic norms of international relations based on the UN Charter.

Wang pointed out the U.S. and Japan cannot represent the international community, adding the two countries are neither qualified to define the international order, nor qualified to impose its standard to others.

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