China may not be a G7 member, but it's dominating the agenda

China, and the ideological challenges posed by its rise, is set to be among the most pressing topics facing leaders of the G7 when they gather in England on Friday.
In a joint statement on Thursday, Biden and his British counterpart Boris Johnson vowed to support a further investigation into the origins of Covid-19, including in China.
US President Joe Biden meets with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall.
Several guest countries have also been invited to join the summit, including Australia, which will use the occasion to seek support in its escalating trade disputes with China.
On Wednesday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called for G7 nations to endorse reform of the World Trade Organization to address the growing use of "economic coercion."
On Thursday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry hit out at Biden's plan to rally allies on China, accusing it of "fanning confrontation."
We hope relevant countries will discard ideological bias and look at China in an objective and rational light," said ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin at a news briefing.
This opinion, which has been vehemently promoted by Chinese state media, has been bolstered by China's apparent post-pandemic economic recovery.
Nor is the fact that it is the G7 reacting to China, rather than China reacting to the G7, lost on observers in Beijing.
Chinese observers cited by the Global Times appear confident that G7 countries' "fundamental divergences" on how to deal with China will "hinder them from making any substantial moves."
While Didi says it operates in 15 countries, more than 93% of its sales come from within China.
Notably, however, Amnesty stopped short of labeling Beijing's actions in Xinjiang "genocide" -- setting the organization apart from numerous Western governments, including the United States.
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