G7 prepares unified response to Chinese ‘economic coercion’

G7 leaders are set to unveil measures to reply to Chinese language financial coercion, because the US, Japan and different members of the group intensify efforts to undertake a unified method to Beijing.

US nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan mentioned the leaders of the G7 nations — US, UK, Japan, Canada, Germany, France and Italy — would on Saturday launch a press release on China and lay out instruments the international locations would use to push again towards financial stress.

“G7 leaders will define a typical set of instruments to handle considerations that every of our international locations face,” Sullivan mentioned on the G7 in Hiroshima, Japan.

Sullivan mentioned the instruments to advertise financial safety would come with steps to make provide chains extra resilient, outbound funding measures and export controls designed to guard delicate expertise. The US and its allies have gotten more and more involved about China’s potential to safe overseas expertise to assist its navy.

The measures are being launched on the similar time Washington and Beijing are working to organise a collection of high-level conferences to comply with by way of on an settlement between President Joe Biden and President Xi Jinping final yr to rebuild the connection between the 2 superpowers, which has deteriorated to its worst state in many years.

Sullivan dismissed strategies that the G7 assertion on China might impression the trouble to reboot ties, saying the language was “not hostile” and that the US and its allies wished to work with China.

“It’s not a cartoon difficulty of 1 dimensional coverage. It’s a multi dimensional advanced coverage for a posh relationship with a very essential nation,” Sullivan mentioned.

UK officers mentioned the G7 leaders would announce a platform that would offer a discussion board to determine financial vulnerabilities and co-ordinate protecting measures.

“The platform will handle the rising and pernicious use of coercive financial measures to intervene within the sovereign affairs of different states,” UK prime minister Rishi Sunak mentioned forward of an financial safety dialogue tabled for Saturday.

“We needs to be clear-eyed concerning the rising problem we face. China is engaged in a concerted and strategic financial contest.”

US ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel mentioned China was utilizing debt lure diplomacy and “uncooked train of energy” to undermine the political and financial stability of nations.

In current months, China has put sanctions on US defence firms Lockheed Martin and Raytheon and launched a nationwide safety investigation into US chipmaker Micron. It has additionally raided US due diligence agency Mintz and Bain, the consultancy, and detained an govt from Japan’s Astellas Pharma group.

The G7 will launch its closing communique on Saturday, at some point sooner than deliberate as a result of the leaders are anticipated to concentrate on Ukraine on Sunday. Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, will journey to Asia for the primary time since Russia invaded his nation to hitch the summit in individual.

The co-ordination on China follows two years of efforts by the Biden administration, helped by Japan, to foster unity amongst G7 members on challenges posed by Beijing. European officers mentioned sustaining co-ordinated motion was extra highly effective than unilateral measures by particular person international locations.

China on Friday responded to US claims about financial coercion by saying the US and its allies had been “utilising their nice energy standing . . . and financial coercion to implement compliance and interact in coercive diplomacy”.

Extra reporting by Joe Leahy in Beijing and Alice Hancock in Brussels

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