G7, NATO leaders tackling Beijing’s challenges: U.S. officials


The Chinese administration is expected to be a key issue for the upcoming G7, and the NATO summit was said Wednesday by senior US officials.

“Ukraine does not cause us to take our eyes off the Chinese ball. In fact, I think it’s the exact opposite.” Said An unnamed senior US administrator in Washington at a background press call previewing the two summits.

According to officials, NATO will focus on China’s regime for the first time when leaders approve a new “strategic concept.”

The strategic concept is second only to the founding charter of the alliance. It points the way NATO will take strategically over the next decade. Earlier versions released in 2010 did not mention China and listed Russia as a strategic partner of the alliance.

“Russia clearly continues to be the most serious and imminent threat to the alliance, but strategic concepts will also address the multifaceted and long-term challenges China poses to euro-Atlantic security.” Told.

Reflecting that new focus, leaders from the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea, will be attending the summit for the first time, officials said.

US President Joe Biden will head to Madrid for the NATO summit from June 29th to 30th, after consulting with other G7 leaders in southern Germany.

“Forced economic practices”

G7 leaders will meet at Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian Alps on June 26-28. According to US officials, their meeting will include efforts by the Chinese government to “force economic practices.”

“Last year was an important watershed for the G7, which first spoke to China’s unfair China’s compulsory economic practices,” officials said.

“This time, we recognize that these practices are becoming more positive and prominent in terms of the world economy and world experience, and we hope that they will be a bigger topic in this conversation. “

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Joe Biden will hear the opening remarks at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England, on June 11, 2021. (Canada Press / Adrian Wild)

In 2021, G7 leaders the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France and Japan will counter the unfair trade practices of the Chinese administration while condemning human rights violations in the westernmost region of the Xinjiang. I swore.

At a G7 meeting in the United Kingdom last year, Biden announced that the leaders had agreed to propose an infrastructure project for developing countries to counter Beijing’s Belt and Road initiative.

The Belt and Road Project has been criticized as a form of “debt trap” diplomacy that strengthens Beijing’s political and economic influence in developing countries while supporting unsustainable debt levels.

Andrew Thornebrooke and Cathy He contributed to the report.

Dorothy Lee

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Dorothy Lee is a reporter for the Epoch Times, based in Europe.

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