The United States is going to call on allies to form a joint economic bloc against China. President Biden will present his plans today, on day two of the G7 summit in Cornwall, UK, have said senior US government officials. They spoke in the margins of the G7 summit on a background basis with media present.
The group of seven major industrialized countries (United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom) have met for a three-day summit since yesterday. The agenda includes the fight against the coronapandemic. The EU is also participating in the summit, and leaders from Australia, India, South Korea and South Africa have been invited as guests.
But for Biden, the summit is also the place to express his concerns about China. He wants countries to speak out with one voice against the forced labour of Uyghur Muslims and other minorities taking place in China.
Compete with New Silk Road
In addition, he wants to gather hundreds of billions to offer an alternative to Chinas New Silk Road. This is an infrastructural megaproject that China started in 2013, and was set up for Chinas connection to the other continents. In doing so, the country wants to stimulate trade with the rest of the world.
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Biden hopes that the countries participating in the summit will jointly make a statement on China tomorrow. Whether all countries will actually stand behind the US is still a question.
The leaders of the EU countries discussed relations with China before the summit. “The European position is clear: China is a systemic rival, a partner in global issues and a competitor,” said French President Macron in a statement.
Previous US criticism
The new president continues the hard China policy of his predecessor Trump. In February, Biden called President Xi on the eve of the Chinese New Year. He then cut off subjects such as Hong Kong, Taiwan and the oppression of the Uyghurs. Biden said he wanted to work with China if it would benefit the US.
And in March, diplomats from both countries blamed each other. For example, the US Secretary of State expressed his “deep concern” about Chinas role in cyber attacks on the US and other issues that, in his view, threaten “global stability”. A top Chinese diplomat accused America of imposing “its own version of democracy”.