Senior US officials said on Wednesday that leaders of the Group of Seven prosperous democracies and the NATO alliance will work to increase pressure on Russia over its war in Ukraine next week, underscoring their continuing concerns about China.
President Joe Biden on Saturday left for a summit in Madrid to meet with other G7 leaders in southern Germany, where NATO is expected to announce plans to expand its forces into Eastern Europe and Washington European Will take steps to strengthen security.
Officials said the inclusion of leaders of Australia, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand at the first ever NATO summit was intended to show that the war in Ukraine has not detracted from Western attention on China.
One of the officials said the G7 leaders, meeting in an alpine palace south of Munich on June 26-28, are expected to address China’s “coercive economic practices” that have taken a hit in recent years. I have become even more aggressive.
“Russia’s war against Ukraine has strengthened our partnership around the world,” a second official said. “It is also showing how Ukraine is not causing us to take our eyes off the ball on China. In fact, quite the opposite.”
In fact, a new strategic concept endorsed by NATO leaders when they meet in Madrid on June 29-30 will address threats posed by Russia and, for the first time, China, the official said.
Germany, which leads the G7 this year, has also invited Argentina, India, Indonesia, Senegal and South Africa to participate in select sessions at the summit.
G7 leaders will launch a new infrastructure initiative aimed at offering high-quality, transparent investment options to low- and middle-income countries, officials said, an apparent reference to China’s Belt and Road project, which has been characterized by opaque contracts and heavy There has been criticism for the loan terms. ,
“At the summit, we will present a concrete set of proposals to increase pressure on Russia and collectively demonstrate our support for Ukraine,” one of the officials said without providing details.
Officials said the impact of Russia’s war in Ukraine by rapidly increasing energy and food prices and endangering low- and middle-income countries would be another focal point.
“The leaders will also advance a vision of a world based on freedom and openness – no coercion, no aggression, no spheres of influence. They will also enhance our cooperation on economic issues, cyberspace and quantum, and in particular the challenges posed by China. Will strengthen
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky will address both meetings virtually, citing his war plan to counter Russia and the security assistance his country needs, US officials said.
Officials said Biden will meet bilaterally with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and with Spanish President Pedro Sanchez and King Felipe in Madrid.
No announcement was made about any bilateral meeting between Biden and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, which is stalling Finland and Sweden’s plans to join NATO, but one of the officials said Washington should There was confidence that Turkey’s concerns would be addressed and that a consensus could be reached.
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