China hits back at G7 nations, accusing them of ‘smears’ and ‘slander’

Beijing summons Japan’s ambassador, and warns UK against ‘slander’ as it condemned China-related criticism at Hiroshima summit

Beijing has accused the G7 nations of collaborating to “smear and attack” China, after the weekend summit issued a communique that warned Beijing over its “militarisation activities” in the Asia-Pacific region.

After the summit, China summoned the Japanese ambassador to register an official protest, and warned the UK to stop “slandering” the country to avoid further damage to bilateral relations. Chinese regulators also chose the weekend to announce that US chip firm, Micron Technology, had failed a security review and would be banned from use in Chinese critical infrastructure.

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