China Blasts 'Condescending' U.S. and EU After Joe Biden Secures Firm Statement

China has said it firmly rejects Tuesday's U.S.-EU joint statement for referencing its "internal affairs," after President Joe Biden and European leaders rebuked Beijing for the third time in as many days.

Following the latest summit in Brussels, the transatlantic partners said they intended to "closely consult and cooperate on the full range of issues" related to their approaches to China, a relationship that will include "cooperation, competition, and systemic rivalry" with the world's second-largest economy.

"The U.S.-EU statement goes far beyond the normal scope of bilateral relations, imposing demands on China's internal affairs in a condescending way," its Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said at a regular briefing on Wednesday.

Beijing firmly opposes and rejects the "wanton interference in China's internal affairs and the spreading of misinformation to smear China," he added.

"The United States and European Union should reflect on their own serious issues. They have no right to act as another country's teacher," Zhao said.

The joint statement expressed "shared concerns" about China's policies in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong, as well as its economic coercion and disinformation campaigns. The broad censure highlighted at length "serious concerns" about developments in the East and South China seas, where Beijing has territorial disputes with around half a dozen nations—and is becoming increasingly belligerent in asserting those claims.

The document also alludes to the security of Taiwan, a subject the Chinese government considers among the most sensitive. "We underscore the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and encourage the peaceful resolution of cross-Strait issues," it reads.

References to China concluded with one sentence about "constructive engagement" in areas such as climate change and non-proliferation, but the bulk of the statement appeared only to evoke further displeasure from Beijing.

"We express our strong discontent with and firm opposition to the references to China in the Statement. Taiwan, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet-related issues are China's internal affairs," the Chinese Mission in Brussels said Wednesday.

"It is filled with outdated Cold War mentality and bloc politics rhetoric [and] does no good to regional and global peace and stability," it said.

It added: "China is no longer like what it was in the past. The Chinese people have stood up. Intimidation will never work on us."

Beijing first found itself in the crosshairs over the weekend when the G7 issued a communique Sunday criticizing its policies in many similar areas. It was followed by an equally strong statement by NATO, describing China as presenting "systemic challenges to the rules-based international order and areas relevant to Alliance security."

Zhao, of China's foreign ministry, responded to the series of Biden-led initiatives by calling the U.S. "very sick" and requiring "medication" on Tuesday.

President Biden is capping off his eight-day visit to Europe on Wednesday with a crunch meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva.

President Joe Biden Attends U.S.-EU Summit
President Joe Biden attends a U.S.-EU summit at the European Union headquarters in Brussels on June 15, 2021. Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images