After the focus of the G7 summit on a counterweight to the growing influence of China, the People’s Republic criticized the participating countries. “The days when a small group made global decisions of countries are long gone,” said a spokesman from the china embassy in London. All states, big or small, strong or weak, poor or rich, are the same. “World political affairs should be settled through consultations of all countries.”
According to a draft of the summit’s final declaration, the G7 countries agreed on a more challenging course about China. They want to take action against Chinese trade policy, human rights problems such as the internment of Uyghurs in re-education camps and the dismantling of freedoms in Hong Kong.
It is the first time that the criticism of the country has been formulated so clearly in a G7 final document. In dealing with the second-largest economy, the G7 states want to “agree on a collective approach to contest policies and practices that are contrary to the market and undermine the fair and transparent flow of the global economy,” says the draft text.
At the same time, the heads of state and government have decided on a global initiative for infrastructure projects in poorer countries, which is intended to counterbalance China’s New Silk Road. The infrastructure plan for poorer and emerging countries was approved on the initiative of US President Joe Biden. The White House announced that the aim is to offer poorer countries “value-oriented, high-quality and transparent” partnerships.