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Foreign AffairsThe G7 should show a unified position on China

The G7 should show a unified position on China

This week’s G7 summit with US President Joe Biden will demonstrate that leaders are united by a common values ​​approach to China, while understanding that each country will manage its own relationship with Beijing.

This was announced by a senior US administration official.

Biden’s visit to Japan will show that Washington can support Ukraine while maintaining an unprecedented level of engagement with the Indo-Pacific region, an official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

When asked if the leaders of the seven richest countries in the world – Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States – could show unity with China, the world’s second largest economy, the official said: “While the G7 is the group is consensus-based, the host plays an important role in setting the agenda and Japan is very concerned about economic security issues, including in relation to China.

“I think the G7 leaders can be expected to make it clear that we are united by a common approach based on common values. At the same time, each G7 country will independently manage its relationship with China, but we are united by the principles that guide our relationship,” he added.

Although this is “one of the most difficult questions” at the G-7 summit in Hiroshima, the United States is “very optimistic”, the official said.

Disagreements between the countries over relations with China emerged after French President Emmanuel Macron visited Beijing in April. He urged the EU to reduce its dependence on the United States and warned the EU not to be dragged into the Taiwan crisis caused by “American pace and China’s overreaction”.

Two years ago in the UK, G7 leaders denounced China for the country’s human rights record.

When asked if G7 countries could impose restrictions on the export of semiconductor technology to China and if there was consensus on this issue, the official said: “There is a consensus on technological security. I don’t want to prejudge the discussions in terms of a possible agreement, but I think there is a very broad agreement and a significant degree of consensus between the countries that are the main players in semiconductors. »

“I think we should expect general agreement on the principles governing relations with China,” he added.

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