China has reacted sharply to the 47th G7 summit currently being held in the United Kingdom. China on Sunday targeted the G7 countries, a grouping of rich democracies of the world, and said, “The days when global decisions were dictated by a small group of countries are long gone.” The statement is significant as it comes amid US President Joe Biden’s efforts to put a united front against China at the 3-day summit.
The statement was made by the spokesperson for the Chinese embassy in London. He went on to target the ‘rules-based international system’ which is often advocated by democracies around the world including the US. Underscoring the importance of the United Nations(UN), the spokesperson said that there exists only one system in the world with the UN at its core. “not the so-called system and order advocated by a handful of countries,” he added.
— Chinese Embassy in UK (@ChineseEmbinUK) June 12, 2021
“We always believe that countries, big or small, strong or weak, poor or rich, are equals,” the spokesperson said. The Chinese embassy called on the “relevant countries” to work for safeguarding the UN, to fight the virus, aid economic recovery and respond effectively to climate change.
Being the grouping of the world’s leading democracies, the authoritarian Chinese regime has been on the radar of the G7 countries. President Biden has been making efforts to press other G7 countries to lead a united democratic front against China and condemn its human rights violations including the use of forced labour in Xinjiang. The Associated Press has reported that Canada, UK and France have been supportive of Biden’s efforts but other’s like Germany’s Angella Merkel have been hesitant to be part of an anti-China effort.
The G7 summit also witnessed the announcement of a new infrastructure plan to counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative. On Sunday, the foreign ministers of the grouping expressed concern over the elimination of “dissenting voices and opinions in Hong Kong” and called on China to respect obligations to its citizens.
#G7 Foreign Ministers have joined together to express their grave concerns at the latest measures being used to eliminate dissenting voices and opinions in Hong Kong, and call again on China to respect its obligations to its people. 🇬🇧🇨🇦🇩🇪🇫🇷🇮🇹🇯🇵🇺🇸🇪🇺 -🇭🇰 https://t.co/TSPcS6wmaw
— G7 UK (@G7) March 12, 2021