Chinese state media on Monday blasted the Group of Seven (G-7) summit as an “anti-China workshop.”
“The U.S. is pushing hard to weave an anti-China net in the Western world,” China’s Global Times said in an editorial on Monday entitled, “G7 has descended into an anti-China workshop.”
The state media outlet added, “This is not just a matter of brutal interference in China’s internal affairs and smearing China, but also an undisguised urge for confrontation between the camps.”
On Saturday amid the summit, the White House had issued a statement asserting that the G-7 nations—Canada France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, and the U.S.—were not “decoupling from China or turning inwards” though they would “respond to concerns and to stand up for our core values” and push for a “level playing field for their workers and companies and seek to address the challenges posed by China’s non-market policies and practices.”
The White House was echoing 41-page summit communiqué released Saturday by G-7 leaders, following which Beijing summoned Japan’s envoy to register protests and berated Britain.
After a side meeting with fellow leaders of so-called “Quad” nations at the G-7, Biden tweeted on Sunday, “I believe a great deal of the future of our world is going to be written here in the Indo-Pacific. And together, the United States, Japan, India, and Australia will ensure a future that provides more opportunity, prosperity, and stability in the region and beyond.”
The 47-minute Quad meeting was aimed at maintaining the Indo-Pacific as a region “where no country dominates or is dominated.”
Despite Beijing’s reaction, Biden told reporters he expected an easing of the current, tense relations between the U.S. and China “very shortly.”