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China cautions G7 that 'small' groups don't rule the world

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"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."

Like Taiwan? So that must be why China is trying to unilaterally expand its territory in all directions.

32 ( +39 / -7 )

"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."

China has a point.

China won't be stopped by the current G7 leadership anyway.

There was a chance a few years ago with Trump in office. But too many weak leaders spread about the G7.

-30 ( +14 / -44 )

There was a chance a few years ago with Trump in office. But too many weak leaders spread about the G7.

That statement makes zero sense. Trump was all lip service and was not able to use allies as leverage. He had no experience and floundered in his position and could never actually pass legislation. No wonder China’s power exploded during the trump years.

20 ( +30 / -10 )

"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."

The usual Chicom lies - there was no consultation when stealing the Fiery Cross Reef.

30 ( +33 / -3 )

What they are actually saying is that China going to rule the world!

17 ( +21 / -4 )

after years of humiliating China

Chinese did a good job at that themselves...

21 ( +25 / -4 )

Nor do pompeus fake emperors, mr Xi

18 ( +21 / -3 )

Totalitarian states and individualism based countries can not be in good terms. China by employing authoritarian ruling method made a remarkable success to raise living standard of their people. It was a necessary step for them to control 1.3 billion population to catch up to the west. They utilized western capitalism very skillfully fanning greed of the western companies. So far so good for China but the challenged west is trying to bring China on the same ring and negotiate under the same rules. Is it possible?

-4 ( +4 / -8 )

Interesting coming from China, too funny!

10 ( +18 / -8 )

The CCP has become the laughing stock of the world ! Simple examples : Tibet, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the concentration camps , etc... Do these Chinese rulers really understand their policies?

21 ( +24 / -3 )

"small groups don't rule the world" - until the small group of the CCP leadership is able to do so, then it will be perfectly fine for a small group to do so.

17 ( +19 / -2 )

In other words, Sinocentrism=Hancentrism= We are big enough to rule the world.

8 ( +12 / -4 )

Nice FUD china

united we stand

divided we fall

your day is coming soon Xi

10 ( +14 / -4 )

I see, one of China’s wolf puppies yapping the discredited party line. Pity anyone bothers to give them the oxygen of publicity they crave. It’s a waste of space as no one outside their own carefully controlled population believes them as it is just too easy to rip their arguments to shreds leaving them open to ridicule.

Does this statement by the Chinese embassy presage a change of policy, will they now consult with all their neighbours on the islands in the South China Sea they have stolen?

10 ( +12 / -2 )

The G7 is just a rich elitist club that think they rule the world.

G7 countries represent a fraction of the world's population but cause the most environmental damage and start almost all the wars.

-19 ( +6 / -25 )

There was a chance a few years ago with Trump in office. But too many weak leaders spread about the G7.

Untrue and unhelpful.

13 ( +15 / -2 )

Yeah China’s population reaches as far as 22% of the world, meaning 1 out of 5 is Chinese. Great. Big enough to rule the world. We do not want to be discriminated as minority, so we propose to split you starting with officially stripping Taiwan, Hong Kong, Uyghur, Tibet, Inner Mongol, whichever area you must speak English to communicate. OK?

6 ( +11 / -5 )

How much worse could they possibly be when they’re even stronger?

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

China cautions G7 that 'small' groups don't rule the world

Single large Asian countries (China) don’t rule the world either.

19 ( +20 / -1 )

Hey G7---take a play from Trump's playbook, and call out China on their treatment of the Uyghurs.

-14 ( +2 / -16 )

Hey G7---take a play from Trump's playbook, and call out China on their treatment of the Uyghurs.

If you dig a little deeper into that you might find something you don’t like and will have to brush over.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

"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."

Tell that to the countries that surround the South China Sea. I think they'd call BS to your quote above.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

china + india + indonesia + nigeria = half of population on planet Earth

so in the end they are right, countries from G7 don't even reach 1 billion people and they pretend to rule the world...

-10 ( +4 / -14 )

The G7 is just a rich elitist club that think they rule the world.

G7 countries represent a fraction of the world's population but cause the most environmental damage and start almost all the wars.

the shame is that you got 11 negative votes and just 2 positives, included mine

-13 ( +1 / -14 )

Like Taiwan? So that must be why China is trying to unilaterally expand its territory in all directions.

at least they don't expand their influence by using World War I and II as the great united states of freedom and democracy america did.

Ask in Syria, Lybia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Lebanon, all countries bombed by the mighty U.S.A.

-11 ( +3 / -14 )

at least they don't expand their influence by using World War I and II as the great united states of freedom and democracy america did.

Yes at least on WW1 & 2. They always did so long before those WWs, when there's no sense of national borders, invading all over the places. Their history is bloody war history.

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china + india + indonesia + nigeria = half of population on planet Earth

so in the end they are right, countries from G7 don't even reach 1 billion people and they pretend to rule the world...

Note that a "giant" India alongside Australia, South Korea and South Africa have been invited to join the Summit in Cornwall. The EU has long been a regular Summit member. Both the sum of their population and GDP together makes China smaller... Oh, is that why Beijing is trying to stress "equality" regardless of size? :D

7 ( +7 / -0 )

What is China missing out on? Nothing. Boring tiny self important men having a meeting in Cornwall, and achieving nothing. Not quarantining there or on the way back to their own countries.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

"The days when global decisions were dictated by a small group of countries are long gone," a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in London said.

Translation: Global decisions should be made by the CCP.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

Beijing has repeatedly hit back against what it perceives as attempts by Western powers to contain China, and says many major powers are still gripped by an outdated imperial mindset after years of humiliating China.

This doesn’t explain why China has adopted an outdated imperialist mindset of its own.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Their history is bloody war history.

Just like the history of most countries back in the day, so? Some Western countries have risen to power purely on bloodshed (think colonies).

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

@reckless

Taiwan isn't a country nor has it ever been. Simple fact.

-12 ( +1 / -13 )

The G7 are planning to offer developing nations an infrastructure scheme that could rival Xi's multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative.

I hate to say it, but G7 countries, especially the United States and Japan have made fortunes off cheap Chinese labor and consumer goods. If they had hoped China would remain a developing country for eternity, boy were they wrong. The chickens are coming home to roost.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

After years of humiliation? They get their feelings hurt constantly by every little thing and are petty enough that always remember the bad stuff. What about all the good things that were given to them? The aid and assistance that was provided over the last century? Did they forget how much the US had aided them in their greatest time of need?China had spend the last century copying everything they can get their hands of and had been treated with delicate care by the western world for far too long. The G7 might not able to dictate the world but they sure can strangle a aggressive nation who ignore human rights at every turn and constantly bully others using their large military.

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the plurality of the world’s GDP. All liberal democracies with the rule of law, for now...

China just doesn’t like having its free-rider tendencies and authoritarian dictatorship stood up to.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Who said anything about ruling the world?

Every country has control over which other countries they choose to do business.

China is mostly following the rules around business, but skirts over that line from time to time. As we all know, there's a difference between following the rules and following the spirit of the rules. China knows all about avoiding the "spirit" of rules. We see this daily.

Every snail-mail package leaving China for $0.05 cost because they choose to retain developing nation status in the WTO - and the WTO doesn't have any rules to remove that status - EVER. That's 1 example. If you have

Space program or

Nuclear Programs (either power or weapons),

then the WTO shouldn't provide any subsidies of any sort. Let's bump out the US, UK, France, Germany, Russia, Italy, Spain (which don't get any supports), China, Iran, NK, Pakistan, India from all WTO subsidies. Make it a clear choice for those countries to make.

The UN is broken too. No clue how to fix it.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

"The days when global decisions were dictated by a small group of countries are long gone," a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in London said.

"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."

The Government of China, 21st century, could be compunctious of second-degree mass murder, manslaughter.

3.8 Million, deaths!

A holocaust, in all but name.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Communist China should shut it. The G7 has far more credibility than a closed off, communist, genocidal regime, and their handful of fellow totalitarian states like North Korea and Russia.

Democracy, capitalism and freedom will ALWAYS win over communism and totalitarianism.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Democracy, capitalism and freedom will ALWAYS win over communism and totalitarianism.

Not always in the short term, but over the long term, they will.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

@Commodore Perry

Hey G7---take a play from Trump's playbook, and call out China on their treatment of the Uyghurs.

Yeah! Tweet that and gather all the likes to fulfill your ego's G7! Just like what Trump did!

0 ( +4 / -4 )

justaskingToday  10:15 pm JST

@Commodore Perry

Hey G7---take a play from Trump's playbook, and call out China on their treatment of the Uyghurs.

Yeah! Tweet that and gather all the likes to fulfill your ego's G7! Just like what Trump did!

Actually, I just saw that on CNN and repeated it.

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

Small groups should not control the world just as small groups should not rule the billion plus people of China. But it is the current reality.

President Joe Biden casts China as the main strategic competitor and has vowed to confront China's "economic abuses" and push back against human rights violations.

Yet biden has done nothing to stop the genocide of the Ueghars, He sits and watches from afar at their suffering and is grateful for the over $1 billion investment from the CCP into his sons business ventures. biden has stated on camera that he doesn’t believe that China is a strategic threat. According to former Obama Defense Secretary Gates biden has been wrong about every important foreign policy issue for decades. It’s quite obvious that his perfect record of incompetence remains unblemished.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

The days when global decisions were dictated by a small group of countries are long gone

They have a point, but to make that point they need to transition from communist dictatorship to democratic leadership, and that will not happen..because if that happens we get to see the real China.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

 re-emergence of China as a leading global power

But the return of China as a global power

When was China ever a global power? Can someone educate me?

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

G7 versus B70+

Add in the patterns of growth and that the biggest member of the G7 has an economy that will crash if the B70+ stops underwriting its deficits.

Now place your bets.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

The Chinese spokesman said the only valid global system was the international order based on the principles of the United Nations and "not the so-called rules formulated by a small number of countries."

The UN where the real power lies with a small group of five nations that get to stay permanently in the Security council and get power to veto. China is in that group with the US, Russia, France and the UK.

The days when global decisions were dictated by a small group of countries are long gone," a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in London said.

Then why is China in the elite small group of countries that get to dictate via veto what does and does not happen at the UN?

"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."

If that was true there would be no permanent members of the security council and no nation would get the power of veto, or all nations would have the power to veto.

China can not be trusted to even speak honestly let alone to act honestly. It is not the only one but it has become the worst offender.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Ahhhh here we go again. China's gov't is just sassing off again. Blah blah blah blah blah. They need to tend to their own affairs and start cleaning house, and I don't mean 'purging' the CCP either. I mean looking inside themselves and their sorry economic, trade and human rights record.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

CCP is a small group. I swear if they had even a raindrop of self reflection on their own actions they'd see how bass ackwards they are in thinking they have any credible criticism that doesn't reflect on themselves.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

"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."

How's the consultation going with neighbors and terrority claims?

1 ( +2 / -1 )

After years of humiliation? They get their feelings hurt constantly by every little thing and are petty enough that always remember the bad stuff.

Yes, they constantly mention the Opium War. It is their “Remember the Alamo.”

What about all the good things that were given to them? The aid and assistance that was provided over the last century?

That was to the government in Taiwan. We embargoed China causing economic damage and poverty because they’re Communist.

Did they forget how much the US had aided them in their greatest time of need?

When Japan invaded yes, but that was to the government in Taiwan.

China had spend the last century copying everything they can get their hands of and had been treated with delicate care by the western world for far too long.

There are contracts for transfer of technology. Train companies for example, the ones involved in bidding for the high speed rail in China, are paid for the transfer of technology. You can’t really blame these companies for seeking profit.

The G7 might not able to dictate the world but they sure can strangle a aggressive nation

The G7 is a club that won’t strangle China because there are conflicts of interest with domestics industries who support their administrations not to mention elections.

who ignore human rights at every turn and constantly bully others using their large military.

China does not see every country as equals as in the statement released. They use trade to coerce countries to adopt policies in favor of China or to refrain from criticizing China. Australia is being bullied by China. The G7 should be concern with other countries in addition to their own.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Better G7 than repressive communist China !!..

There was a chance a few years ago with Trump in office.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!...

2 ( +3 / -1 )

We must become fluent in the Chinese languages so that we may become more efficient in obeying the commands of our masters.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

What about all the good things that were given to them? The aid and assistance that was provided over the last century?

That was to the government in Taiwan. We embargoed China causing economic damage and poverty because they’re Communist.

No, US、UK, Germany, France all provided ODA to PRC. In case of Japan, 3.3 trillion yen for 40 years up to 2018 even after PRC GDP surpassed Japan's in 2012

China had spend the last century copying everything they can get their hands of and had been treated with delicate care by the western world for far too long.

There are contracts for transfer of technology. Train companies for example, the ones involved in bidding for the high speed rail in China, are paid for the transfer of technology. You can’t really blame these companies for seeking profit.

Except those were forcible transfer, forcible formation of joint enterprise

2 ( +2 / -0 )

What very "small group" - a single country in fact - tries to dictate to countries like the members of ASEAN, countries that have joined the Belt and Road initiative, to South Korea and even to Australia?

2 ( +2 / -0 )

China scoffs at G7’s ‘international system’, says days when world was controlled by a ‘small group’ are over :

So declared the 'up-and-coming' China, in a clear and loud manner.

Would the world (particularly the west) still not want to take any serious note?..

1 ( +2 / -1 )

The PRC has really got the nerve to say that.

Maybe, the CCP should man up and take responsibility for COVID-19 before going on about the G7.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

No, US、UK, Germany, France all provided ODA to PRC. In case of Japan, 3.3 trillion yen for 40 years up to 2018 even after PRC GDP surpassed Japan's in 2012

Definitely yes. I was referring to their greatest time of need, which imo, is when their country was about to be devoured by Japan.

No, US、UK, Germany, France all provided ODA to PRC. In case of Japan, 3.3 trillion yen for 40 years up to 2018 even after PRC GDP surpassed Japan's in 2012

True China should be grateful. Forcible, but these companies still sign and are still making money from the transfer of technology which is the remuneration in the contract. That's the ticket they charge to enter their market. To say they've copied everything would be akin to saying Toyota copied American automobile technology. They've taken the high speed railway, improved upon it and created the top system in the world; 300+km/hour, Maglev, reasonable priced tickets, and so on.

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at least they don't expand their influence by using World War I and II as the great united states of freedom and democracy america did.

Someone doesn't know their global history:

The US was hardly in WW1 - they were there for just 1 year! After WW1, they mostly left the global stage again

As for WW2, would you rather the Nazis and Japanese nationalists expand their influence instead?! Because that's the alternative

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China says "The days when global decisions were dictated by a small group of countries are long gone,"

Is China suggesting instead a return to the days when empires ran the world. For example, the era just after the turn of the 19th century, when the British, French, Ottoman Russian and Austro-Austrian empires determined global and regional events and controlled trade.

That era led to WW1, and resulted in many of the problem areas unresolved today, see Syria and Lebanon.

With China expanding its empire via Belt and Road, and Russia doing likewise with its Eurasian Economic Union, and the NATO states trying to slow the Chinese and Russian spread it could be clash of empires redux. The countries probably at greatest risk include those at the empire's current border areas.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

amend above Austro-Austrian

to; Austro-Hungarian

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