Monday, January 24

The G-7 denounces the strategy of China and Russia against democracies




For the first time in two years, the G-7 foreign ministers have been able to meet face to face, this time in London, thanks to the fact that the health emergency caused by the Covid-19 pandemic is under control in UK, with more than half of the population vaccinated and daily cases at a minimum. Thus, this is the first diplomatic meeting to be held in person since the outbreak began. The foreign ministers saw each other for the last time in 2019, in a world very different from the current one, although the pandemic continues to be joined by geopolitical challenges that had already dragged on from before, such as the complex relations with Russia, Iran and China and that, as sources from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs point out, “threaten to undermine democracy, freedoms and human rights”, such as the violence in Ethiopia, the raging war in Syria, the constant threat of terrorism, climate change or the crisis in Burma.

One of the priorities during the talks, which will last until Thursday and which are led by the British Dominic Raab, since the United Kingdom currently holds the presidency of the group, is to find a balance between imposing on threats from countries such as Russia or China , although at the same time without closing the doors to the Asian giant market, which is fundamental to the Western economy.

Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, and Raab called for “a revitalized alliance” of the G-7 nations that is capable of “defending open societies and rule-based order,” since, in the words of the In Britain, there is “a growing demand for an agile group of countries that share the same values.” “What we are trying to do is maintain the rules-based international order in which our countries have invested so much,” he said. Antony Blink, who took the opportunity to mention that USA It “has no closer ally, no closer partner” than Great Britain. “We are connected by ties of friendship, family, history, shared values ​​and shared sacrifice,” he declared, reinforcing his commitment to the shared goal of protecting an alliance of democratic nations that can stand up to the abuses of autocracies.

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The G-7 is made up of the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the European Union, but some of the meetings will be attended by the ministers of South Korea, Australia, India and South Africa, whose presence “reflects the growing importance of the Indo-Pacific region for the G-7,” said Raab, who highlighted the importance of building “stronger commercial ties, ensuring stability and tackling climate change” in the area.

“The British presidency of the G7 is an opportunity to unite open and democratic societies and show unity at a time when it is very necessary to address shared challenges and growing threats,” said the British minister, who on Wednesday will urge members of the group to take stronger measures against the military junta in Burma, including expanding targeted sanctions against people and entities linked to the junta; support arms embargoes and increase humanitarian assistance for the most vulnerable people.

This Tuesday, diplomatic representatives also discussed the situation in Libya, in addition to what happens in Somalia, the Sahel and the Balkans.

Another important point is Russia, specifically the concentration of troops on the border with Ukraine as well as the poisoning and subsequent imprisonment of the opponent. Alexei Navalny and the situation in Belarus. Raab took the opportunity to demand that Russian President Vladimir Putin put an end to his “risky” policies in these areas, as well as in relation to cyber attacks and misinformation of which they are accused. There was speculation that Biden would invite the Russian government as an observer, but in the end it did not materialize.

Social programs

A key agreement that is expected to be reached will be the education of girls in developing countries, for which there will be a two-year aid package during which they will invest 15,000 million dollars (about 12,500 million euros), in a moment when the United Kingdom is remembering international aid. According to official data, since 2016 the country has invested 672 million pounds a year (776 million euros) in the education of minors from poor countries, but the figure expected for 2021 fell to 400 million pounds (462 millions of euros).

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom and India strengthened their relationship on Tuesday after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi agreed, during a virtual meeting, the so-called ‘Roadmap 2030’ that will provide a framework for the relations between the two countries in the fields of health, climate, trade, and others.

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