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China is Not Interested in G-8

Date Posted: 2000-02-27

China announced officially that it is not interested in sending a representative to the G8 Summit to be held in Okinawa this coming July. According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman who announced China’s decision in Beijing, the G8 cannot replace the United Nations Security Council.

China has not been officially invited to the group that comprises the US, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan and Russia, but Japanese politicians have recently floated the idea around. Okinawa Governor Keiichi Inamine has also welcomed the idea. Some sources speculated that, the fact that the idea originated from Japan is the very reason that the Chinese declined. Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi said Monday that he had some reservations about inviting China because “in the West, China is synonymous with Tiananmen and Tibet.” By saying that, he pointed to human rights situation in China that the Western countries oppose.

This is the first time China has officially announced its position in relation to the possible invitation.

The announcement by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs repeated the official Chinese position that all important international policy matters, especially any kind of crises, should first and foremost be handled at the UN Security Council.

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