The G7 shows its unity against authoritarian regimes

The G7 foreign ministers gathered on Saturday 11 December in Liverpool, northern England, to show their unity “In the face of the aggressors who try to limit the field of freedom and democracy”It was launched by Britain’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Liz Truss, whose country holds the G7 presidency.

“For this, we must speak with absolutely one voice.”She added a reason to think “Reduce strategic dependence” and strengthening“security architecture” The great powers that claim to be part of the democratic camp in the face of “authoritarian regimes”. ‘We must win the battle of technology’And “Ensuring that our technological standards are set by those who believe in freedom and democracy”, confirmed.

China and Russia under fire

If she does not name these opponents, her remarks are in line with the desire, in particular of the United States, to involve the G7 in the Western strategy to counter China’s ambitions on the world stage, including technological products. They are used more and more in the West.

In the near future, there is another rival on the horizon above all else: Moscow, which Washington, the Europeans and Kiev have accused for a few weeks of possible preparations for an invasion of Ukraine, which the Kremlin denies. This burning issue was at the heart of the first bilateral talks. NSI Thus the gears raised the need for a “United front against Russian aggression” With Annalena Barbock, the new German Foreign Minister. The latter and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken “It was agreed that a firm response would be necessary in the event of an escalation by Moscow.”, added US diplomacy.

These words echo the words of US President Joe Biden “Let him know” Tuesday to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, who may be exposed to Russia “Severe penalties, among other economic sanctions”, in the event of an attack by Ukraine. The heads of diplomacy in Germany, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom also had to address other ongoing crises, particularly in Burma, with the country’s military coup 1He is February and the latest prison sentence for former civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. G7 ministers are also expected to call on Iran to end its nuclear escalation and resume restrictions on its nuclear programme.

ASEAN guest

It is the second face-to-face meeting of G7 foreign ministers this year, after a rally in May in London. Due to the health situation, with the recent spread of the omicron variant in the UK, strict measures are being implemented at the Liverpool Museum, which hosts the event, with delegates obligated to submit a pre-arrival PCR test result and daily screenings.

Over the weekend, G7 ministers are scheduled to participate in expanded meetings to include their counterparts from the European Union, South Korea and Australia.

Sunday, mI Truss will host plenary sessions on global health security as well as the Indo-Pacific region. For the first time, foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will join the G7 meeting.

The US Secretary of State should then travel to Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand for a tour designed to underscore the importance of this region at the heart of US anti-China strategy.

The world with AFP

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