‘Anti-China club’? Xi and Putin dominate G7 discussions
Russia’s threat to Ukraine and the East Asian superpower’s growing assertiveness were high on the agenda
While Russian president Vladimir Putin keeps the West guessing over Ukraine, it was the might of Chinese president Xi Jinping that garnered the long-term strategic focus when the diplomats from the Group of Seven richest democracies met this weekend.
The US and its other G7 allies are searching for a coherent response to Xi’s growing assertiveness after China’s spectacular economic and military rise over the past 40 years.
Putin was the immediate tactical focus at talks in Liverpool between US secretary of state Antony Blinken and his counterparts. There was support for president Joe Biden’s attempt to support Ukraine and deter Putin with a clear warning of severe economic sanctions...