G7 leaders on Saturday urged the Chinese regime to “put pressure” on Russia to stop the “aggression” against Ukrainewhose president, Volodimir Zelensky, arrived in Hiroshima (Japan) to join the group’s summit.
In a statement issued while meeting in Hiroshima, the leaders of the G7 (United States, Canada, Japan, France, United Kingdom, Germany and Italy) They urged Beijing to “pressure Russia to stop its military aggression, and withdraw its troops from Ukraine immediately, completely and unconditionally.””.
In that statement, the G7 also called on Iran to stop sending armed drones to the Kremlin, since these weapons have been used to carry out some of the Russian attacks against civilians and against Ukrainian infrastructure, such as the electricity grid.
The G7 asked China for “involvement in international forums” in aspects ranging from environmental protection to trade, including international conflicts, notwithstanding stressing the “challenges” posed by China with its “non-commercial policies, which distort the economy global”.
Zelensky arrived in Hiroshima this Saturday to participate in a G7 summit that, according to him, will bring “peace” closer.
“Japan. G7. Important meetings with partners and friends from Ukraine. Security and greater cooperation for our victory. Today, peace will be closer”Zelensky said on social media.
The visit will provide him with an opportunity to meet with the leaders of countries that financially and militarily support his country against the Russian invasion.
He will also be able to reach out to other non-aligned powers at the meeting, such as India and Brazil, which have close relations with Russia and have not condemned the invasion of their country.
Resolution in favor of Taiwan
The G7 also reaffirmed the importance of “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 communiqué issued 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 expansive and maritime claims in the South China Sea” and says that the group’s leaders oppose its military activities in the area.
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. Cooperation with China is necessary, given its role in the international community and the size of its economy, about global challenges, as well as areas of common interest,” say the leaders.
The Group of Seven added that it will also continue to express its concerns regarding the human rights in chinawith a special focus on Tibet and Xinjiang, “where forced labor is a great 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 do not engage in interfering activities aimed at undermining the security of our communities, democratic institutions, and economic prosperity,” the text concludes.
(With information from EFE and AFP)
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