The 49th annual summit of leaders of Group of Seven (G7) nations was held recently from 19 to 21 May at Hiroshima, Japan. The world leaders, comprising the group, came together to discuss the ongoing geo-political and economical concerns around the world.
As has been the democratic meetings norm in recent times, the world leaders did not fall short to place their concern over China’s aggression in terms of its extra- territorial claim and crushing human rights on minor ethnicities.
Concerning Chinese market has a global footprint which can be close to impossible for any nation or grouping to seclude and decouple, the leaders of among the wealthiest nations comprising the G7, asserted China to play with rules on the international stage and must not conform and transgress to “economic coercion”.
Without explicitly pointing and naming any particular country, the leaders at the Hiroshima Summit called out the exploitation of dependent and smaller nations economically by the more dominating and affluent nations.
The Group of Seven at the annual meeting pledged together to combat ‘economic coercion’, which they claimed to have been on a disturbing rise in recent times through weaponization of trade.
Although the statements were made without naming any particular country any particular, it quite evidently conforms to Chinese acts in recent times where it has gone on to bolster its trade dominance to exploit and restrict nations as a combat in a political dispute.
Certain nations, including Japan, Australia, South Korea and Lithuania have faced trade restrictions by the Chinese government on account of political disputes ranging from Covid-19 pandemic to Taiwan issues.
The G7 members in their statement said, “We will work together to ensure that attempts to weaponize economic dependencies by forcing G7 members and our partners, including small economies, to comply and conform will fail and face consequences.”
G7 leaders stressed on de-risking and diversifying
As has been the Western, specifically the United States’ effort in recent times to decouple China from the global stage was not much conformed with at the G7 leaders’ meet. The nations’ leaders stressed the importance of China and its global market but remarked strictly against its aggression.
The leaders emphasized that they do not wish to decouple from China but stressed that economic resilience would require ‘de-risking’ and ‘diversifying’.
They went on to assert that the nations’ policy approaches do not wish or intent to harm China nor they aim to succumb or thwart Chinese economic progress and development. China, if plays by international rules, they further claimed, would be beneficial to the nations globally.
China was also seen in light of condemnation for its territorial aggression in the East and South China Seas, specifically in respect to Beijing’s frequent acts obliterating Taiwan’s peace and security.
Also, Beijing was rebuked at the meeting in Hiroshima for its crackdown on human rights, succumbing freedoms in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong.
China hits back at G7 nations after the grouping’s remarks against the nation
In its condemnation against the remarks made by the world leaders in Hiroshima, Beijing summoned the host nation- Japan’s ambassador to China in a show of protest.
Some state-backed news portals have called out the G7 leaders’ meeting as an “anti-China workshop”.
Beijing has claimed the G7 meet as an interference in its internal affairs and political sovereignty and hit back at the United Kingdom for its rebuking comment against China during the meet.
The Chinese Vice Foreign Minister, Sun Weidong summoned the Japanese ambassador to protest against the condemnation by the group’s leaders at the meet which was hosted by Japan this year.
Russia also came out to condemn the G7 meet after the loud mention about the Russian brutalities on the Ukrainian soil and the voice echoed on the joining of the Ukrainian President at Hiroshima. The Russian government snubbed the meeting as “anti-Russia” and “anti-China”.
Sun in its statement said that Japan clearly joined other world leaders at the G7 meet to violate Beijing’s sovereignty, interfering in its internal affairs, outlawing the basic principles of international law and also breaching the spirit of China-Japan political documents, referring to the China-Japan Joint Statement of 1972.
The Japanese ambassador in its explanation reportedly has asserted that it is “natural” to refer to issues of common concern as it has done in the past and would continue in the future. He, as per reports, emphasized on Beijing to correct its actions.