BEIJING: China on Saturday expressed strong dissatisfaction with a communique issued by G7 leaders that took aim at Beijing on issues including the South China Sea, human rights and alleged interference in their democracies, reports AFP.
Leaders from the seven wealthy nations including US President Joe Biden have been attending a summit since Friday in the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
They also said G7 countries were gravely concerned about territorial disputes in the South China Sea, indirectly accusing China of coercion.
Beijing was also urged by the G7 to use its influence to put pressure on Russia to end its invasion of Ukraine.
But China's foreign ministry hit back on Saturday evening, saying the G7's approach has no international credibility whatsoever.
The G7 insisted on manipulating China-related issues, smearing and attacking China, a spokesman for the foreign ministry said in a statement.
China expresses its strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition and has lodged an official protest with Japan, the host country of the summit, as well as other relevant parties.
The Hiroshima communique is a result of negotiations between the countries of the G7, which hold differing approaches on how to deal with China.
Some nations including the United States favour a stronger line while others in Europe want to avoid further confrontation.