US Republican Party platform irks China

By Lobsang Tenchoe

DHARAMSALA, July 21: Furious at the remarks made against China at the Republican National Convention, Chinese Foreign Ministry has urged the Republican Party to stop making groundless accusations and meddling in China’s domestic affairs.

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015.

The platform, adopted on Monday, stated China practices cultural genocide in Tibet and East Turkistan (Xinjiang), makes ludicrous claims in the South China Sea to distract its people from economic problems and reaffirms a commitment to sell weapons to self-ruled Taiwan.

According to a report published on the Chinese state media Xinhua on July 20, China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Lu Kang said, “Stop making groundless accusations against China and interfering in China’s domestic affairs. All political parties in the United States should view China’s development in an objective and rational manner and correctly understand the issues that emerge in bilateral ties.”

“Promoting stable growth in relations serves the interests of both countries and the peace and development of the Asia-Pacific region and the world, and “both sides should adhere to this right direction,” he concluded.

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