Thursday, February 25, 2021

The G7 summit cannot lift the anti-China wind, regardless of competition or cooperation, Western countries cannot bypass China | Blog Post


Whether it is emphasizing competition or looking forward to cooperation, China has become an important issue that cannot be avoided among Western countries.

The Group of Seven (G7) held a video summit last Friday (February 19), and the Munich Security Conference was also held on the same day. It is the first major international multilateral conference that Biden has participated in since he assumed the presidency of the United States. It is also the first “gathering” of the leaders of the seven nations since April last year.

A video of US President Biden attending the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany.Xinhua News Agency Pictures

Before the meeting, it was rumored that the G7 chairman and British Prime Minister Johnson wanted South Korea, India and Australia to join the G7 physical summit originally scheduled to be held in June and convert it into a D10 alliance meeting. Johnson expects the D10 member states to join forces to fight China in technology.

This idea caused some European opposition. Italian diplomats have expressed concern about the new model of D10 and that it will be regarded as the new anti-China alliance in the Indo-Pacific region. Italy wants to ensure that the G7 will not change permanently. Some in France also pointed out that this was a British practice to dilute the power of the European Union.

British Prime Minister Johnson boasted that the G7 is a democratic government with the same opinions, open and free trade, and

British Prime Minister Johnson boasted that the G7 is a democratic government with the same opinions, open and free trade, and “stands together on many issues.” But in reality, it is difficult to conceal the differences between the UK and the EU.

The British plan failed, and the G7 Video Summit was held last Friday. What the outside world did not expect was that this conference gradually evolved into a “China Seminar.”

The United States showed its attitude towards China. U.S. President Biden said that close cooperation with allies will be his key strategy for dealing with China. One of the most important goals of the U.S. is to “beat Beijing in competition.” He also re-emphasized what he said in his first foreign policy speech, declaring that China is the “most severe competitor” of the United States.

At the Mu’an meeting held on the same day, Biden shouted to his allies that “the United States is back” while calling on them to prepare for “long-term strategic competition” with China. He said that competition with China will be fierce.

The European Union disagrees with Biden’s comments on China.

German Chancellor Merkel showed Germany's position.

German Chancellor Merkel has demonstrated Germany’s position.

German Chancellor Merkel has demonstrated Germany’s position. She said at a press conference after the G7 summit that the world must strengthen multilateralism, and the G7 hopes to strengthen cooperation with China. “The epidemic has proved the interdependence of countries in the world. Only after the whole world is vaccinated can the epidemic be truly overcome.”

Biden has repeatedly publicly emphasized that “the United States is back.” The seven-nation summit is an important opportunity for him to win over Western allies, reshape the United States’ international image, and restore the United States’ multilateral role. In addition, the United States is returning to the world stage in various forms.

It can be seen that Biden wants to try his best to reverse the political legacy of his predecessor. However, it is not only too early to judge that the return of the United States will make the “world better,” it is also too optimistic. Listening to what it says and what it does, the United States is still carrying out operations under the banner of values ​​and disguised “American interests first.”

The British “Daily Telegraph” reported that the Biden administration intends to expand the “four-nation alliance” of the United States, Japan, India, and Australia in response to China, and intends to invite the United Kingdom, South Korea and other allies to join. Sullivan, a national security adviser in the United States, also recently expressed his desire to advance and strengthen the “four-party talks.”

Although Biden has repeatedly sent signals to repair alliances and strengthen cooperation with allies, after Trump’s four years of wanton tossing, it is difficult for allies to cast doubt on the United States. The United States wants to rebuild the old model of “U.S. leadership, followed by allies.” However, Europe’s autonomy continues to increase, and the uncertainty about whether it will follow the United States has also increased. What’s more, the purpose of the United States is to win over its allies to compete with China. Why should the EU keep up?

Merkel’s argument of “strengthening cooperation with China” at the G7 summit is a manifestation of this uncertainty. French President Macron also publicly stated that although the European Union and the United States are closer in value, they should not partner with the United States to “confront” China.

The United States may be back, but the world is not that world anymore.





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