“The days when global decisions were dictated by a small group of countries are long gone,” a Chinese spokesperson said.
Hitting back at the world’s richest democracies which have sought a unified position over Beijing, China on Sunday pointedly cautioned Group of Seven leaders that the days when “small” groups of countries decided the fate of the world was long gone.
A spokesman for the Chinese embassy in London said: “The days when global decisions were dictated by a small group of countries are long gone.”
“We always believe that countries, big or small, strong or weak, poor or rich, are equals, and that world affairs should be handled through consultation by all countries.”
Alongside the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union that ended the Cold War, the re-emergence of China as a leading global power is considered to be one of the most significant geopolitical events of recent times.
The G7, whose leaders currently meeting in southwestern England, has been looking for ways to throttle the growing assertiveness of President Xi Jinping after China’s spectacular economic and military rise over the past 40 years.
The G7 members- the United States, Canada, Britain, Germany, Italy, France and Japan – want this gathering to show the world that the richest democracies can offer an alternative to China’s growing clout.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi also spoke at the first Outreach Session of the G7 Summit on Saturday. The PM expressed appreciation for G7’s support, as well as that of some guest countries, during the second Covid wave in India, a government release informed.
Committing the country’s support for “collective endeavours” to improve global health governance, PM Modi emphasised the need for a “One Earth One Health” approach for the same.