Quoting China about forced labor practices is part of President Joe Biden’s campaign to persuade fellow democratic leaders to present a more unified front to compete economically with Beijing. However, although they agreed to work towards competition with China, there was little uniformity in how the group should take a hostile public position.
Canada, Britain and France strongly supported Biden’s position, while Germany, Italy and the European Union hesitated more during the first session of the Group of Seven Summit on Saturday, according to Biden administration officials. Officials who briefed reporters were not allowed to discuss private meetings publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Biden met with France’s Emmanuel Macron and said he needed help on a variety of issues, “it’s great that the President of the United States joins the club and is very happy to work with him.” Relations between allies were tense between President Donald Trump’s four-year presidency and his “America First” foreign policy.
Biden also met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the G7 session on Saturday, the German Chancellor confirmed. Chancellor Merkel downplayed the difference between China and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which transports natural gas from Russia to Germany by bypassing Ukraine.
“The atmosphere is very supportive and characterized by mutual interest,” Merkel said. “There is a very good, constructive and very vivid discussion in the sense that we want to work together.”
White House officials say Biden has forced G7 leaders (US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy) into forced labor practices targeting Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities in China. He said he wanted him to speak in a single voice against him. Biden hopes the accusations will be part of a joint statement released on Sunday when the summit ends, but some European allies are hesitant to split so strongly with Beijing. ..
For the first time since 2019, China has become one of the more attractive sublots of the wealthy country summit. Last year’s rally was canceled due to COVID-19, recovery from the pandemic dominates this year’s debate, and leaders are expected to promise to share at least 1 billion in struggling countries Vaccination times.
The Allies have also taken the first step in presenting an infrastructure proposal called “Better Buildback for the World,” a name that reflects Biden’s campaign slogan. The plan calls for spending hundreds of billions of dollars in collaboration with the private sector, while adhering to climate standards and labor practices.
It is designed to compete with China’s $ 1 trillion Belt and Road Initiative. This initiative has launched a network of meandering projects and maritime lanes around most of the world, centered on Asia and Africa. Critics say China’s projects often generate huge debt and expose the nation to excessive Beijing influence.
Britain also wants world democracy to reduce its reliance on Asia’s economic powers. The UK government said Saturday’s debate included diversifying the supply chain that is currently heavily dependent on China, “How to provide a global system to our people to support our values. Can it be shaped into? “
Not all European powers see China in the harsh light, like Biden, who portrayed competition with China as the decisive competition in the 21st century. However, there are some signs that Europe is willing to impose stricter scrutiny.
Prior to Biden’s inauguration in January, the European Commission announced that Europe and China had agreed with Beijing on a deal aimed at increasing access to each other’s markets. The Biden administration wanted to discuss the agreement.
However, the deal has been put on hold, and in March the European Union announced sanctions against four Chinese officials involved in human rights abuses in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Beijing has penalized several members of the European Parliament and other Europeans who are critical of the Chinese Communist Party.
Biden administration officials see the opportunity to take concrete actions against China’s dependence on forced labor as an “insult to human dignity.”
A senior government official calling on China in the G7 communiqué does not impose immediate penalties on Beijing, but the action is to help leaders defend human rights and eradicate the use of forced labor. He said he would send a message that he was serious about it.
In recent years, an estimated more than one million people (mostly Uighurs) have been trapped in re-education camps in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of western China, according to researchers. Chinese authorities have been accused of imposing forced labor, systematic contraception, torture, and separation of children from imprisoned parents.
Beijing rejects allegations of committing a crime.
G7 leaders also hope that a three-day conference at a seaside resort in southwest England will help revitalize the global economy and clarify its focus on the fight against climate change. British Prime Minister Johnson also welcomed the leaders of “guest countries” South Korea, Australia and South Africa, and the President of the United Nations General Assembly, “strengthening cooperation between democracies and technologically advanced countries in the world.”
Leaders planned to attend a barbecue on Saturday night with a performance by a group of toasted marshmallows, hot buttered rum, and sea shanti.
India was also invited, but its delegation was not in direct attendance due to a serious outbreak of the coronavirus in the country.
Hundreds of environmental opposition took them to the Cornish beach early Saturday to draw attention to climate issues. A crowd of surfers, kayaks and swimmers gathered on the beaches of Falmouth for a large “paddle-out protest” hosted by Surfers Against Swage, a group seeking more sea protection.
Leaders have pledged to spend $ 2 billion to help developing countries run out of fuel by taking steps to move away from coal use and funding vocational training and technological improvements.
Biden ends his trip on Wednesday in Geneva by meeting with Russian Vladimir Putin. The White House announced on Saturday that following the 2018 Helsinki summit between Trump and Putin, Trump will not subsequently hold a joint news conference over his own intelligence that removes the opportunity to compare with availability in favor of Moscow. .. After the meeting, only Biden will respond to the news media.
In an interview with NBC News, Putin said US-Russia relations “has deteriorated to the lowest point in the last few years.”
While Mr. Trump was a “talented” and “colorful” person, Mr. Biden was a political “careerman” and was “several strengths and weaknesses, but no impulse-based move” by the U.S. President. “He added. ..