Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi rejected their statement, and chided them for ignoring the provocation that had come from the US side.
“It groundlessly criticises China for taking such measures, which are reasonable and legitimate steps to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Wang said in a statement issued by his ministry.
“From where have they received such a prerogative? Who has given them such qualification to? To shield the infringer of rights and to accuse their defenders – how inexplicable!”
The G7 statement had aroused “great indignation” among the Chinese people, he said.
“Today’s China is no longer the China of the 19th century. History should not repeat itself, and it will never repeat itself!”