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The Group of Seven urged China on Friday to “do without threats, coercion, intimidation, or the use of force where possible” to address global challenges including security, global health and climate. Avoid “

The light-hearted dialogue that wrapped up the two-day meeting of foreign ministers from the world’s seven richest democracies also reiterated the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

The G7 increasingly agrees on the need for a coordinated response to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ambitions after the ruling Communist Party congress, a senior US State Department official said earlier, but the communique did not refer to a common goal.

The gathering comes on the sidelines of German Chancellor Olaf Schulz’s one-day visit to China, fueling concerns that Germany will continue to prioritize economic ties with its biggest trading partner over security and strategic concerns.

That could risk divisiveness among Western allies who have tried to take a tougher stance against China in recent years.

“We remind China of the need to refrain from threats, coercion, intimidation or the use of force,” the G7 communique said. “We strongly oppose unilateral attempts to change the status quo through force or coercion.”

The G7 said it was “deeply concerned about the situation in and around the East and South China Seas” after China held war games near Taiwan earlier this year.

China claims the sovereign island as its territory and has never shied away from using force to bring the island under its control.

The G7 also said it would continue to express concern with China over its alleged human rights abuses, including in Xinjiang and Tibet, and the “continued erosion of Hong Kong’s rights, freedoms and sovereignty”.

A U.S. State Department official told reporters that over the past 1-1/2 years there has been a growing sense of “what China’s ultimate strategy is, domestically but also globally.”

“Having come out of the Party Congress, I understand what President Xi’s ambitions are and recognize the need for a coordinated response,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“This is something that I think will be the focus of this group as we go into Japan’s presidency next year,” he said, referring to Japan taking over the rotating presidency of the G7 from Germany at the start of next year. He said.

Sino-Japanese relations have long been plagued by disputes over a group of small uninhabited East China islands, a legacy of Japan’s World War II aggression and territorial rivalry.

Japan’s Sankei newspaper reported on Friday that the Japanese and Chinese governments have begun planning a meeting between Xi and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in mid-November.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell warned earlier in the day that China should not be put in the same category as Russia when it invaded Ukraine in February.

“It’s clear that China … is becoming very assertive, very much on the path to self-reliance,” Borrell told reporters.

“But currently, many member states have strong economic ties with China, and I don’t think we can put China and Russia on the same level.”

The G7 said in its statement that it aims to engage constructively with China on global issues such as health and climate change, where possible and in our interests.

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