The Group of Seven has slammed China and Russia, accused the Kremlin of being corrupt and fooled Beijing, but verbally, Taiwan and Ukraine had a few stable steps beyond expressing support.
Established in 1975 as a forum of the West’s richest nations to discuss crises such as the OPEC oil embargo, the G7 noted this week that it was final, marking China, Russia and the coron virus epidemic.
In a 12,400-word conversation, G-foreign ministers meeting in London over strict coronavirus restrictions said Russia was trying to destroy democracy and threatening Ukraine, while China was guilty of human rights abuses and used its economic clout to blame others.
However, very few steps have been taken in the discussion that will not worry Chinese President Xi Jinping or his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
The G7 said it would strengthen China’s concerted efforts to end “strong economic policies” and prevent Russia’s chaos – part of a move to present the West as a broader alliance than just the original G7 countries.
“I think so [China is] There needs to be more possibility than reacting to anger, perhaps to take a look in the mirror and realize that it is necessary to consider this growing organization that thinks these basic international rules have been followed? Comply, ”said Dominic RAB, the British Foreign Secretary.
Russia denies mediating beyond its borders and says the West has been blocked by anti-Russian hysteria. China says the West is a fool and its leaders have a post-imperialist mentality that makes them feel they can act like global police.
China’s spectacular economic and military growth over the past 40 years has been one of the most important geopolitical events in recent history, along with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, ending the Cold War.
This week’s meeting set the tone for next month’s meeting of G7 leaders at Cornwall in south-west England, where US President Joe Biden has made his international debut.
Economically and militarily, the West, bigger than China and Russia, has struggled to come up with an effective response to either China or Russia.
The G7 ministers told China, “We will work together to enhance global economic stability through arbitrary, coercive economic policies and practices.”
They said they supported Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Organization’s forum and the World Health Assembly – and expressed concern that “any unilateral action could increase tensions” in Taiwan’s waters. China regards Taiwan as its own territory and opposes any official representation of Taiwan at the international level.
On Russia, the G7 was similarly pro-Ukraine but surpassed some words.
“We are deeply concerned that the negative pattern of irresponsible and unstable behavior in Russia continues,” the G7 ministers said.
“These include the massive deployment of Russian troops on Ukraine’s border and in the illegally annexed Crimea, the democratic system of other countries, its notorious activities aimed at undermining its corrupt cyber activities and [its] Use of chaos. “
The foreign ministers of Britain, the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan have also called on Tehran to release foreigners and dual nationals who are being held indiscriminately in Iranian jails.
They have threatened Myanmar’s military government with a coup through new sanctions in February, in a wide-ranging final discussion on the world’s most pressing geopolitical issues, including climate change and epidemic-recovery.
In the coronavirus epidemic, the G7 promised to work with the industry to expand production of affordable COVID-19 vaccines, but stopped calling for the waiver of intellectual property rights of leading pharmaceutical companies.
Despite repeated calls by the G7 to help poor countries, no immediate announcement was made about new funding for the development of more access to vaccines.
The G7 foreign ministers said in a joint statement, “We promise to work with the industry to facilitate the production of affordable COVID-19 vaccines, treatments and diagnostics and a wide range of scales of their components.”
They said the work included “promoting partnerships between companies and encouraging voluntary licensing and technology transfer agreements on mutually agreed terms”.