Biden, Xi may speak in next few weeks

SCHLOSS ELMAU (Germany): US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping are expected to speak over the next few weeks, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Monday, amid growing convergence between NATO and G7 members about China’s challenge. Quoting said.

The Group of Seven Prosperous Democracies will address China’s non-market economic practices, its approach to debt and its human rights actions in a release on Tuesday, while the NATO strategic concept to be released later this week addresses China in “unprecedented ways”. Will do it,” he said.

“We believe there is increasing convergence in both the G-7 and NATO around the Chinese challenge,” Sullivan told reporters at the G-7 summit in southern Germany.

Sullivan said the G7 leaders saw an “urgent need” for consultation and alignment on issues such as China’s non-market economic practices, its practices regarding debt to developing countries and its human rights approach.

But he added that paying more attention to China’s actions on both economic and security fronts does not mean the West wants to start a new Cold War.

“We are not looking to divide the world into rival factions and choose every country,” he said. “We want to stand up for a set of principles that are fair to all. And we want to make sure we work with like-minded partners to hold China accountable for abiding by those rules. are.”

G7 leaders on Sunday pledged to raise $600 billion in private and public money to finance essential infrastructure in developing countries and counter China’s old, multitrillion-dollar Belt and Road project.

Published in Dawn, June 28, 2022