In statement, G7 lists many ways they are deeply unhappy with China
Senior Group of Seven Nations diplomats have singled out China in a number of ways that could anger the Beijing government, from alleged human rights violations to its actions in Taiwan and forays into cyberspace.
The language used to blame the Asian nation in a final statement echoes previous releases, but it’s the list of concerns that will fall under China’s skin, along with the rebuke.
“We encourage China, as a major power and economy with advanced technological capabilities, to participate constructively in the international rules-based system,” the statement said, outlining in detail the treatment of Uyghur Muslims and supporting Forums of the World Health Organization. “
“We remain deeply concerned about human rights violations and abuses in Xinjiang and Tibet, in particular the targeting of Uyghurs, members of other ethnic and religious minority groups, and the existence of a network in large-scale ‘political re-education’ camps and reports on systems of forced labor and forced sterilization, ”ministers said after two days of talks in London.
The document also targeted Russia’s actions to “undermine the democratic systems of other countries, its malicious cyber activity and its use of disinformation.” The G7 once again called on Russia to investigate its alleged use of chemical weapons in the poisoning of Alexey Navalny.
The tone sets the stage for the leaders’ meeting next month in Cornwall, along the English coast. US President Joe Biden will make his G7 debut and try to get the allies to take a stronger stance against a rival superpower in the form of China and a historic enemy in the form of Russia.
It will be necessary to convince, given the economic weight of China and the way in which countries need such a key player for multilateral issues such as climate change.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken has essentially started laying the groundwork for an informal proposal to counter what the United States sees as economic coercion from China.
Germany, France and Italy – the three European Union countries participating in the G7 – are starting to draw closer to the Biden administration but are not yet there.
Officials meeting on Tuesday spent about 90 minutes discussing ways in which China is trying to leverage governments and individuals through its Belt and Road infrastructure initiative or by leveling economic threats, according to a senior State Department official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
In the statement, the group agreed to “work collectively to foster global economic resilience in the face of arbitrary and coercive economic policies and practices. We urge China to assume and fulfill obligations and responsibilities commensurate with its global economic role. “
As Blinken travels from London to Kiev, the G7 reaffirmed its support for Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, including its territorial waters.
The statement also addressed Belarus and the political and human rights crisis in that country following the fraudulent presidential election in August 2020, as well as the Western Balkans and support for the formal opening of negotiations. accession to the EU with Albania and North Macedonia.
He noted North Korea, where the G7 remains committed to the goal of getting the regime to abandon its nuclear weapons program altogether.
The statement condemned the coup in Myanmar and reaffirmed its commitment to achieve the full restoration of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.
In a section titled Open Societies, a Key Priority for the UK, Foreign Ministers pledged to work together “to strengthen the foundations of open societies, promote human rights and inclusive connectivity” and to protect democracies from disinformation and cyber attacks.
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