Principle of sovereignty is invoked when it comes to Ukraine, but the same principle is disregarded in the case of China's sovereignty over Taiwan, says a Chinese diplomat at the UN, in a clear reference to the US without naming it.
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Beijing came out swinging on Tuesday in response to foreign criticism, saying the US was attacking China to divert attention from its own handling of the Covid-19 outbreak.
The foreign ministry said the Wall Street Journal failed to apologise for calling China the "real sick man of Asia" in a column Beijing described as racist and critical about its efforts to combat the novel coronavirus epidemic.
This follows the publication of 400 papers implicating the Chinese government in the pre-meditated mass incarceration of Muslims for thought crime.
"The relevant employee is a Hong Kong resident, not a British citizen," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a daily briefing. "In other words, he is Chinese. This is purely the internal affairs of China."
China's foreign ministry had earlier said the country will never surrender to external pressure after Washington renewed threat to impose tariffs on all Chinese imports in an escalating trade dispute.
UN blacklists leader of Jaish-e-Mohammad, based and proscribed in Pakistan, on its list of global terrorists as China lifts objections. India hails decision, but Pakistan says listing approved after Kashmir dispute was de-linked from the group.
Beijing said Washington's decision to impose sanctions on buyers of Iranian oil will "intensify turmoil" in the Middle East. The US said on Monday it will penalise any imports of Iranian oil from May 2.
Venezuela's self-proclaimed president, Juan Guaido, ordered Congress to change leadership at the state oil company PDVSA, following US sanctions on the oil sector.
Taiwan's defence ministry said in a statement late that the voyage of the US vessels was in accordance with regulations. The move will likely be viewed in Taiwan as a sign of support from US President Donald Trump's government.
Trump's surprise announcement comes a day after he and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to suspend any new tariffs and give negotiators 90 days to strike a deal.
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