Biden says he's 'satisfied' with G7's final stance on China
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One of the key questions surrounding the UK Summit of the Group of Seven this weekend was how country leaders would approach China in their final communiqué, particularly following reports that President Biden urged his allies to make a decision against his forced labor to face practices methods exercises. The communique was revealed on Sunday, and it appears that the cohort has chosen to send a message to Beijing on this matter, just not explicitly. For his part, Biden said he was "happy" with the end result, even if it wasn't as strong as the US had hoped, report Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs and The Wall Street Journal Vivian Salama.
China received four direct mentions in the communique, including: a request for further investigation into the origins of COVID-19; a consultation agreement on China's "Non-Market Practices That Undermine the Fair and Transparent Operation of the World Economy"; an expression of concern about tensions in the South and East China Seas and the Taiwan Strait; and a call to Beijing to "respect human rights and fundamental freedoms" in Xinjiang, home of the country's Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities, and in Hong Kong.
Beijing was omitted from a section of the communique addressing country concerns about "Forced labor in global supply chains, including government-sponsored forced labor of vulnerable groups and minorities, including agriculture, the solar industry and the clothing sector". but the passage is apparently directed to the Chinese Communist Party nonetheless.
Other key points in the communiqué include a commitment to deliver 1 billion coronavirus vaccines worldwide, support for a global minimum corporate tax rate of 15 percent, and a commitment to zero net carbon emissions by 2050. Read the full communique here and more on Bloomberg.
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