Group of Seven leaders and NATO nations jointly criticized core Chinese policy under President Xi Jinping.
NATO members vowed Monday to counter “systemic challenges to the rules-based international order.”
The one-two punch of public criticism smacks directly into Mr. Xi’s assertion that China won’t stand for lecturing by other nations.
China’s embassy in the U.K. issued a point-by-point denunciation of the G-7 statement as distorted and slanderous.
China frames criticism of its policies as U.S.-led Cold War thinking, with diplomats confidently asserting that the East is rising and the West is in decline.