The G7 demanded that China cease threats against Taiwan and opposed militarization in the Asia-Pacific region.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, US President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and European Commission President Ursula attend an event of the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment during the G7 summit, at the Grand Prince Hotel in Hiroshima, Japan. May 20, 2023. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (JONATHAN ERNST/)

The G7 reaffirmed this Saturday the importance of “the peace and stability” in the Taiwan Strait and asked China for a peaceful resolution of the tensions around the island for the security and prosperity of the international community, in a joint statement published by its leaders.

“There are no changes to our members’ position regarding Taiwan, including China’s declared policies. We call for a peaceful resolution of the issues in the Taiwan Strait”, indicates the text published on the second day of the summit held these days in the Japanese city of Hiroshima (west).

The final document stresses that “there is no legal basis for China’s maritime and expansive claims in the South China Sea” and says the group’s leaders oppose its military activities in the area.

In a final statement issued in the summit in Hiroshima, the countries of the G7 (United States, Canada, Japan, France, United Kingdom, Germany and Italy) raised a number of concerns about China’s economic and military activities.

Despite their common position on China’s military rise and on the situation in Taiwan, the G7 also wanted to reach out to the Asian giant with a message saying that they are prepared to build “constructive and stable” relations with the country. and they pointed out that for this it is essential “to be able to express their concerns directly” to Beijing.

“We act in our national interest. It is necessary to cooperate with China, given its role in the international community and the size of its economy, on global challenges, as well as areas of common interest,” the leaders say.

The rulers of the Group of Seven most developed countries generally concur in expressing their concerns about China.  (Chen Zhonghao/Xinhua via AP, File)
The rulers of the Group of Seven most developed countries generally concur in expressing their concerns about China. (Chen Zhonghao/Xinhua via AP, File) (Chen Zhonghao/)

“We stand ready to build constructive and stable relations with China, recognizing the importance of engaging candidly and expressing our concerns directly to China,” the Heads of State and Government of China said in a statement. G7.

“Our policy approaches are not designed to harm China nor do we seek to thwart China’s economic progress and development,” the statement continued.

“We call on China to dialogue with us, including in international forums, on issues such as the climate crisis and biodiversity,” added the G7.

At the same time, they reaffirmed their “opposition” to any Chinese “militarization” in the Asia-Pacific region, assuring that there is no “legal basis” for China’s “expansive maritime claims.”

In addition, the statement reiterated that “peace and stability” in the Taiwan Strait is “indispensable” for world security.

He group of seven He added that he will also continue to express his concerns regarding human rights in China, with a special focus on Tibet and Xinjiang“where forced labor is a major concern”, and in relation to the freedoms and autonomy of Hong kong.

“We call on China to act in accordance with its obligations under the Vienna Convention and not engage in interfering activities aimed at undermining the security of our communities, democratic institutions, and economic prosperity,” the text concludes.

China remains a close ally of Moscow and has never condemned the Russian invasion.

“We encourage China to support a comprehensive, just and lasting peace on the basis of territorial integrity (…) including through its direct dialogue with Ukraine,” they stressed.

(With information from EFE and AFP)

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