China on Tuesday said that any attempts to draw a “small circle” against Beijing will be “doomed to fail and become unpopular”. The Chinese comments came in the backdrop of US President Donald Trump’s plans to invite India, Russia, Australia and South Korea to the G7 summit.
The G7 is the group of top seven developed economies – US, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Canada. The G7 meet is held annually to discuss issues of global governance. This year the summit was postponed to September due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump had earlier expressed his desire to expand the “outdated” bloc to G10 or G11, including India. Reacting to Trump’s statements, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told the media that all international organisations and conferences should be conducive to mutual trust between countries. “We believe this is the role of the overwhelming majority of the countries in the world. Any attempts to seek a small circle against China is doomed to fail and is unpopular,” he said.
Trump’s invitation to India and three other countries comes in the backdrop of the US’s confrontation of Beijing over several issues. The US had earlier withdrawn the status to Hong Kong in response to new Chinese security law for the former British colony and it had also restricted entry of Chinese students in the US.