Responding to the power of China, the global coronavirus pandemic, climate change, and some riots and plagues: in short, the G7 summit. The seven major industrialized countries: the United States, Canada, Japan, Italy, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the European Union held their summit in Cornwall, United Kingdom last weekend. Countries such as India and South Korea pay particular attention to China.
“The struggle with China has already begun. The agreements that have been reached are making the situation more serious,” said Rob Dwick, professor of international relations. “The question is what results these agreements will produce in practice.”
The diplomatic expert Robert Van der Ruer has not seen this yet. “U.S. President Biden tried to file a lawsuit against China. He has succeeded in some ways. The first step has been taken. But it is still a snapshot because the G7 has not reached a binding agreement.”
The G7 summit is also a moment for world leaders to show themselves in front of the camera. For example, Johnson’s son Wilfred got a role at a barbecue, President Biden turned out to be a new good friend, and world leaders met on the beach:
Upper-level consent Power group Oppose China, including the initiative to build major infrastructure projects in developing countries. For many years, China has been very active in this area. “It is important to understand what this means. If you add up the residents of the countries participating in the G7 summit, you will get more than 2 billion. If these countries work together, China can jump high or low, but it has this country no longer There is a chance,” Dewick said.
Since 2013, China has carried out various infrastructure projects on a global scale. For example, Africa is building ports and railways. The project is called the “New Silk Road”. This means that China mainly buys influence in countries rich in raw materials.
“This new plan is actually just a way to persecute China. The same way Dewick said. China has invested 1 billion euros in this area. Western countries can easily exceed this number. The battle begins now: who will spend the remaining billions of dollars? “
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De Wijk said that the question remains whether this power group will continue to exist in practice. “If personal interests play a role in individual countries, then firm language can sometimes be downplayed.” This egoism is particularly evident in Europe: Germany has a strong interest in trade with China-for example, China is the German car brand BMW The most important sales market for Volkswagen. “Therefore, in the confrontation, the country’s economy may be affected.”
But not only Germany may be reluctant, but also France. “The French are afraid of the new Cold War,” Van der Rohe said. “But most European countries condemned China relatively mildly. They do condemn China on human rights issues, but because of their economic interests, they are not ready to adopt an anti-China policy. Cohesion policy. But Biden has put them in a difficult position.” A slightly tougher line. “
De Wijk said that many of the other agreements reached over the weekend are in line with current EU policies. “The EU also hopes to have a level playing field, providing vaccines to developing countries, and international trade agreements. The summit has played a role in promoting this field.”
Closer to each other’s arms
Van der Rohe said it is these agreements that may lead the EU to take a tougher stance against China. “If Americans and Europeans are aligned on many issues, it may have a stimulus effect on Western relations, including attitudes toward China.”
After this week, the United States will continue to pressure the European Union to adopt a tougher policy against Beijing. Van der Rohe: “In the absence of a clear EU strategy, Europe may have difficulty resisting American pressure. Moreover, China’s authoritarian behavior may narrow the distance between the EU and the United States.”
De Wijk said that this summit contained many promises, almost all of which could not be implemented. “But this summit-this is the first time it involves geopolitics-is indeed a breakthrough. Now it depends on the government.”
In any case, Europe must take measures, Van der Rohe said. “It cannot always avoid taking a unified and balanced position against China. In any case, the summit is a temperature record for international relations.”
Welcome to a new world dominated by superpower politics. The Netherlands will have to find its own way in this regard.
What does all this mean for the Netherlands? “If the primitive power politics against China continues, the Netherlands can also count on continued friction with the country. This is not convenient.” But at the same time, as a small country, the Netherlands has benefited a lot from a level playing field, and Dwick continues Said. “This strengthens the international legal order and creates stability and clarity.”
He believes that in the end, the Netherlands has no choice. “Welcome to a new world dominated by superpower politics. The Netherlands must find its way out. But we have no choice.”