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G7 Summit: The G7 countries are looking for balance with China and a unified position on “economic coercion”

  • Tessa Wong
  • BBC News – Hiroshima

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The G7 leaders have made their positions clear to Beijing on issues including the Indo-Pacific region and Taiwan

The G7 leaders sent a strong message to Russia by inviting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to attend the summit in Hiroshima, Japan, but at the same time they were thinking of another important competitor, China.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak expressed the issue, saying that China poses “the greatest challenge of our time” in terms of global security and prosperity, and that it is exercising “increasingly authoritarian at home and abroad.”

In two statements issued at the summit, the leaders of the world’s seven richest democracies made clear their stance on contentious issues with Beijing, such as influence in the Indo-Pacific region and the status of Taiwan. But the most important part of their message focused on what they called “economic coercion” practiced by China.

It will be difficult for the G7 countries to act in balance with Beijing. The economies of these countries depend on China in an inseparable manner, despite this, competition with it is increasing, as well as differences over many issues, including human rights.