As G7 Leaders discussed plans to counter the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) at a meeting in Cornwall, a CCP spokesman stated that this group of countries could no longer decide the world’s fate. The spokesman works for London’s Chinese embassy.
According to Reuters, a London Chinese embassy spokesman stated that the days of small groups of countries dictating global decisions are long gone.
“We always believe that countries, big or small, strong or weak, poor or rich, are equals, and that world affairs should be handled through consultation by all countries,” the spokesman said.
The G7 consists of the world’s seven wealthiest democratic countries. In their Saturday statement, the group stated their future infrastructure plan for developing countries would be a high-standard , transparent partnership driven by positive values. The financial details are still unknown.
In their closing declaration on Sunday, the G7 Leaders are expected to announce further support for climate change affected developing countries, and a financial alternative to a Chinese funding programme for infrastructure projects in the developing world.
According to US President Joe Biden, the Build Back Better World (B3W) plan, supported by the US, is a better option than Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The BRI has supposedly helped progress the construction of trains, roads, and ports in various countries. However, the initiative has also created enormous debts for these countries.
Rob Watson, a BBC political correspondent, stated Mr Biden’s words are an attempt to create conflict between democracies and autocracies. However, he added that the G7 have not clearly stated whether China is an ally, rival or security threat.
BBC News. (June 13, 2021). G7 summit: China says small groups do not rule the world.