G7 leaders warn China, accusing it of ‘economic coercion’ world news

Credit: Photo by Simon Dawson/UPI/Shutterstock (13920494h) Leaders of the Group of Seven, G7, visit the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan on Friday, May 19, 2023. G7 members the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Britain and Italy meet for an annual summit Thursday in the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The leaders' talks will focus on Russia's war against Ukraine, China's growing power and influence, nuclear disarmament, artificial intelligence, climate change and economic security. G7 leaders meet in Hiroshima, Japan - May 19, 2023

Western leaders said they want to reduce their reliance on China (Image: Shutterstock)

G7 leaders issued a veiled warning to China, accusing the country of “economic coercion”.

The group said Beijing is using the trade to bully other nations and on Saturday urged the rising superpower to “abide by international rules”.

Heads of state from the US, Japan, Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy and Canada met this week in Hiroshima, Japan for a three-day summit.

The countries discussed the need to “reduce over-dependence (on China) in their critical supply chains.”

However, their joint statement went on to stress that G7 policies “are not aimed at harming China, nor are we aiming at thwarting China’s economic progress and development.”

The leaders added that they wanted to continue working on “constructive and stable” relations.

China condemned the G7 for their comments and said it was “strongly dissatisfied” with the allegations against it.

The Foreign Ministry said: “The G7 insisted on manipulating, denigrating and attacking China-related issues.”

France's President Emmanuel Macron speaks with U.S. President Joe Biden after a family photo of G7 leaders and invited countries during the G7 leaders' summit in Hiroshima May 20, 2023. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/Pool via REUTERS

G7 leaders met for a three-day summit in Hiroshima, Japan (Image: Reuters)

US President Joe Biden and other G7 leaders visit Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island in Hatsukaichi, Japan.

G7 leaders visit Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima island in Hatsukaichi, Japan on Friday (Image: Reuters)

The war in Ukraine took center stage this year when President Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrived on a French government plane after a stopover in Saudi Arabia.

It was unclear up to the last minute whether the Ukrainian President would attend the summit.

He rushed to attend the meetings already started and met his world political colleagues, including Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who greeted him with the words “You did it!”.

On Friday, the G7 pledged to “starve” Russia for the resources it needs for its war in Ukraine, but details of how they intend to do so beyond existing sanctions are unclear.

epa10640213 A handout photo provided by the Press Service of the President of Ukraine shows President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy upon his arrival at Hiroshima Airport in Hiroshima, Japan, May 20, 2023, on the second day of the G7 Summit. The G7 Summit in Hiroshima will take place on May 19-21, 2023. EPA/UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE HANDOUT - MANDATORY SOURCE: UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE - HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrived on a French government plane (Image: EPA)

Mandatory Source: Photo by the President of Ukraine Press Office/UPI/Shutterstock (13921919d) President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy (R) meets with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak during the G7 summit on Saturday, May 20, 2023 in Hiroshima, Japan. Japan will host the G7 Summit in Hiroshima from May 19th to 22nd. Ukrainian President Zelenskyy meets with G7 leaders in Hiroshima, Japan - May 20, 2023

Rishi Sunak greeted Mr Zelenskyj with: “You did it!” (Image: Shutterstock)

US President Joe Biden has told his allies he will allow Ukrainian pilots to train on US-made F-16 fighter jets.

This prompted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko to issue a warning to the West.

He told the Russian state news agency Tass: “We see that the western countries continue to cling to an escalation scenario that poses enormous risks for them.”

“We will definitely take it into account in the planning.” “We have all the necessary resources to achieve our goals.”

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