The G7 began out as the G6 in the Seventies when the membership included France, Britain, West Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. Canada was later invited to hitch however the membership has since refused entry to new members.
Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven nations are holding a summit in London with local weather change, Myanmar, Libya, Syria and relations with Russia on the agenda.
But the G7 summit – which is able to lay the groundwork for a summit of presidents and prime ministers in Cornwall subsequent month – seems to be closely centered on the way to confront and fight China.
The first session on Tuesday, 4 May, concerned discussions about China’s rising navy and financial clout.
Raab stated Britain was “holding Beijing to the commitments that they’ve made”, together with on Hong Kong, which was promised a “one-nation, two-systems” mannequin when it was handed again to China in 1997.
But Raab stated they might search to seek out “constructive methods to work with China in a smart and constructive method the place that is doable. We need to see China stepping as much as the plate and taking part in its full position.”
The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated: “What we are trying to do is to uphold the international rules-based order that our countries have invested so much in over so many decades to the benefit, I would argue, not just of our own citizens, but of people around the world – including, by the way, China.”
“It is not our purpose to try to contain China or to hold China down,” Blinken insisted on Monday, 3 July.
But Blinken promised “robust cooperation” with Britain over the situation of the remedy of the Muslim Uighurs in China’s Xinjiang area and over Beijing’s dealing with of the former British colony of Hong Kong.
Of the seven, Italy has the most pro-Chinese and in 2019 signed up for China’s Belt and Road Initiative, which seeks to construct a contemporary “silk road” between Europe and the Far East, following in the footsteps of the nice Venetian explorer Marco Polo.
The G7 ministers, who’re assembly underneath strict COVID-19 protocols, can even talk about the battle in Ethiopia’s Tigray area and growing instability and lack of safety in Africa’s Sahel.
Britain has additionally invited representatives from India, South Korea and Australia to attend the three-day summit.