China raps Japan, U.S. for creating exclusive group on supply chains

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China on Friday criticized moves by Japan and the United States to strengthen their supply chains in a veiled attempt to rely less on the world's second-biggest economy, saying the two countries are trying to create an "exclusive small group."

Politicizing technology, economic and trade issues as well as violating the principles of market economy and fair competition will "only artificially divide the world," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters.

China hopes other nations would "do more things that are conducive to normal global scientific, technological and trade exchanges" and "work together to build an open world economy to jointly maintain the global industrial chain," Wang added.

Japan and the United States have recently agreed to step up cooperation to create a secure supply chain for semiconductors in a bid to reduce reliance on China for such items vital to the production of high-tech goods.

In late April, meanwhile, Japan, Australia and India launched a new framework to mutually bolster their supply chains of cars, medical equipment and other products.