The group of the seven most powerful and influential countries in the world met over the weekend and expressed through a communiqué their deep concern over the military build-up of the Chinese communist regime and its threat in strategic areas such as the East and South Seas and the constant human rights violations of mainly political and religious prisoners.
Russia and its possible invasion of Ukraine keep the international community concerned and was one of the topics discussed during the last G7 meeting. However, the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) growing power was the issue that reportedly gained the most prominence.
Regarding Russia, although the Kremlin denies that it plans to invade Ukraine, the West is concerned that it is preparing to attack, especially after Russia demanded legally binding security guarantees that NATO will not expand further eastward.
But as mentioned earlier, the focus of concern was on the issue of China and its re-emergence as a potential world leader.
China in 1979 had an economy that was smaller than Italy’s. Still, after opening up to foreign investment and introducing market reforms, it has become the world’s second-largest economy and is a world leader in a range of new technologies.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, who chaired the G7 meetings, said the discussions on China covered “a range of issues and challenges.”
Topics covered include the issue of human rights in Hong Kong, where the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is accused of oppressing democratic freedom. In addition, it’s accused of persecuting the Uighur ethnic minority in the Xinjiang region, locking up its members in forced labor camps.
Truss said the ministers also discussed “the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait” and problems in the South China Sea, such as those related to “land claims, activities and serious incidents in the area,” which can undermine peace and stability in the region.
The need to support Lithuania was also discussed. China canceled diplomatic relations with the Baltic state and suspended consular services after Taiwan opened the Representative Office in Lithuania on Nov. 18.
“We have been clear at this meeting this weekend that we are concerned about the coercive economic policies of China,” Truss said as reported by US News.
The G7 comprises the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, and Japan, joined by an extensive list of allied countries. It reaffirmed their “shared interest in maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific region” and encouraged “intensified cooperation in promoting maritime security,” Truss added.
The grouping is aware that China has developed a worrying power, but which can be neutralized if the ‘strong’ countries of the West join together motivated by the common goal of fighting against the outrages of the CCP.
The G7 representatives also went against North Korea, asking it to refrain from “provocative actions” and engage in a diplomatic process to have a “complete, verifiable and irreversible abandonment” of all illegal weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles.