China pointedly warned Group of Seven leaders on Sunday that the days when “small” groups of countries decided the fate of the world are long gone, retaliating against the world’s richest democracies who have sought a unified position on Beijing. .
“The days when global decisions were dictated by a small group of countries are long gone,” said a spokesperson for the Chinese embassy in London.
“We still believe that countries, big or small, strong or weak, poor or rich, are equal, and that world affairs should be dealt with through consultations by all countries.”
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China’s re-emergence as the world’s leading power is seen as one of the most significant geopolitical events of recent times, alongside the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 that ended the Cold War.
The G7, whose leaders meet in southwest England, are seeking a coherent response to President Xi Jinping’s growing assertion after China’s dramatic economic and military rise over the past 40 years.
The leaders of the group – the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, France and Japan – want to use their rally in the English seaside resort of Carbis Bay to show the world that the richer democracies can offer an alternative to the growing weight of China. .
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau led a Group of Seven discussion on China on Saturday and called on leaders to come up with a unified approach to the challenges posed by the People’s Republic, a source said.
The G7 plans to offer developing countries an infrastructure program that could rival Xi’s multibillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative.
Beijing has repeatedly hit back against what it perceives to be attempts by Western powers to contain China, and says many great powers are still grappling with an outdated imperial mentality after years of China’s humiliation.