United States presidents do not usually go to Europe and keep conversing about China. However, the present U.S. President Joe Biden thinks he persuaded his new friend European countries of the need to stand up to the autocracy of China, economic rule-breaking, and human rights.
China is nothing lacking in a foreign policy obsession in Washington. Therefore, it does not take a genius to know what the U.S. president may want in response to patching up the trans-Atlantic cuts of the former president’s era. Biden said he walked away from the G-7 summit in the United Kingdom, convinced that the group recognizes that China is part of the mounting threat to international democracy.
Our NATO Alliance is stronger than ever. Today I’m joining our 29 allies to discuss our collective defense — including from Russian aggression, strategic challenges from China, malicious cyber activity, terrorism, and climate change.
— President Biden (@POTUS) June 14, 2021
Moreover, the summit agreed to establish an alternate initiative for the Belt & Road infrastructure of China. Reflecting American goals, it requested China to respect human rights in Xinjiang province and Hong Kong and to permit a deep investigation into the origins of coronavirus. It also required calm in the East and South China seas.
China was also on the lips of everyone at the following NATO summit, and made a presence in the final joint statement of the alliance to worry about Atlantic instead of Pacific security, warned on Monday that China is coming closer to them in military skills. Furthermore, he mentioned that China does not share the Western values that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization set up to defend.
The G-7 is not Club Hostile to China
Still, European countries are also squeamish about getting dragged by the United States into a fight. American officials said Germany and Italy were nervous about possible directive language that China might view as challenging. Stressing balance, Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, said that China is their rival in several questions but also their partner in several aspects.
Emmanuel Macron, the French President, said the G-7 wanted to work with China on trade, climate, development, and other matters instead of disagreements. Further, he adds that the G-7 countries are not a club hostile to China. Not unexpectedly, none of this gone down well in China, where officials are suggesting that broadening divides on how Americans and Europeans will view the footprint of China could be the main goal of the diplomacy of Beijing.
China’s Embassy in the United Kingdom charged that the G-7 communique intentionally attacked China and slammed the threatening intentions of a few nations such as the United States.