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G7 summit makes threats against China, Russia

 G7 summit makes threats against China, Russia

The governments of the richest nations in the world (the United States, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Japan and Canada) have ended three days of deliberations at a summit of the G7 in Cornwall, England on Sunday. The G7 powers have played the “multilateralism” card and played down the deep differences that have arisen within them under the leadership of US President Joe Biden's predecessor, Donald Trump. Yet they could only agree on a summit communiqué that amounted to a threat of war against China.

The 25-page summit statement supports the Wuhan lab theory's provocation, implying that China sought to cover up its production of the COVID-19 virus in a lab and then let it escape. The document calls for "investigating, reporting and responding to [pandemic] epidemics of unknown origin. We also call for a phase 2 study on the origins of COVID-19, organized by the WHO (World Health Organization), transparent, led by experts and based on scientific data, including, as recommended by the expert report, in China ”.

Nearly 4 million lives have been lost due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, including well over a million in G7 countries, according to cautious figures compiled by governments around the world, with nearly 176 million of infected people. The demand that China "admit what it has done" would therefore in itself constitute a casus belli for aggression against China. But things didn't end there.

Point 49 of the communiqué refers to the trade war between the imperialist powers and Beijing. Affirming the "special responsibility of the largest countries and the largest economies in maintaining the international system based on rules and international law," he continues with "with regard to China ... we will continue to consult on collective approaches. to challenge non-market policies and practices that undermine the fair and transparent functioning of the global economy ”.

It ends with the following threat: "We will promote our values, including calling on China to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, especially with regard to Xinjiang and the rights, freedoms and high degree. Hong Kong autonomy enshrined in the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law ”.

Xinjiang is home to China's Uighur population and has been the subject of accusations of human rights violations from Washington and other capitals.

Point 60 declares the ambitions of the imperialist powers to confront China militarily at its own doorstep, stating: “We reiterate the importance of maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific region that is inclusive and based on the rule of law. We stress the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and encourage the peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues. We remain gravely concerned about the situation in the East and South China Seas and strongly oppose any unilateral attempt to change the status quo and increase tensions. ”

The militaristic implication of these statements of "concern" over allegedly "unilateral" steps taken by China to consolidate its dominance of global sea lanes has been illustrated by US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson posing on a Cornish beach with one of Britain's new aircraft carriers, the £ 3 billion HMS Prince of Wales, and other warships in sight behind them. The other British aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elisabeth, is the lead ship of an aircraft carrier strike group, comprising an American destroyer and Marines, heading for the South China Sea where it will carry out military exercises.

In addition, the G7 pledged to fight China's “New Silk Road” (One Belt, One Road) initiative - through which China undertakes many global infrastructure projects to facilitate trade - by launching a “Build Back Better World” (B3W) development project led by the United States. Russia has also been the target of hostilities. Point 51 reads: "We reaffirm our call to Russia to put an end to its destabilizing behavior and its harmful activities, including its interference in the democratic systems of other countries". He calls on Russia to withdraw “troops and military equipment from the eastern border of Ukraine and on the Crimean peninsula.

Biden came to the top declaring America is back. For the world's population, this translates into an escalating danger of war. As Biden told American troops stationed at RAF Mildenhall, America's "only truly sacred obligation" is to "prepare and equip" its armed forces. Last month, the Biden administration released its budget proposal for the coming year, which centers on a record military budget of $ 753 billion, including $ 24.7 billion for nuclear weapons modernization.

Germany, France and Britain have all increased their military spending, while the Johnson government has increased its stockpile of nuclear warheads by 40 percent.

The obscenity of this multibillion-dollar war campaign has been highlighted by the summit's determined refusal to do anything to seriously combat the growing threat of the pandemic. While working to spread the lie of a Chinese origin, the G7 governments intend to continue to allow the increasingly deadly variants of COVID-19 to spread unchecked, as they channel the global resources in the bank accounts of oligarchs and transnational corporations.

The cost of immunizing the world's population is estimated at just $ 66 billion, but the richest nations of the world will not contribute. The G7 will only agree to donate a tiny part of the vaccines needed: a billion doses will be made available, but the majority will not be distributed before the end of 2022 and little infrastructure will be put in place to do so. This equates to less than 10 percent of the 11 billion doses the world urgently needs to fight the pandemic. Even that promise is a lie. The US offer to donate 500 million doses of the SE vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech comes in place of the $ 2 billion they have pledged to the COVAX global immunization program, the total US funding is only 5,

Nothing should interfere with the accumulation of profits by large companies. In the face of growing public reluctance towards the super rich who gorged themselves during the pandemic and profited from multi-trillion dollar bailouts, the G7 made an empty pledge to meaning to establish, on an unspecified date, "an ambitious global minimum tax" on corporations. But the statement reassured all parties concerned that the tax would still be as low as "15 percent on a country-by-country basis."

The summit was heralded as a return to normalcy after the stormy relationship between the great powers during Donald Trump's presidency, but it was dominated to an extraordinary degree by rising inter-imperialist tensions, especially between the UK and the European Union on post-Brexit trade agreements.

Despite Biden's efforts to bring his rivals into line, at the end of the summit, commentators pointed out that Trump's departure had not settled US-European relations or the deep internal political crisis in the United States: who saw Trump launch an attempted coup on Jan.6 in an attempt to take over Capitol Hill and block certification of Biden's electoral victory.

Several have pointed out that Biden will be 82 if he runs in the next election in 2024, quickly reaching the end of his political career. Former EU Ambassador to Washington David O'Sullivan asked, "Is this an interregnum between Trump 1.0 and Trump 2.0?" Nobody knows. (…) I think most people are of the opinion that we should seize the opportunity with this government to strengthen the relationship [of the G7]. We can hope that this can survive beyond the midterm elections and 2024 ”.

The fundamental question posed by the G7 summit is: how to tackle the growing danger of war, the threat of pandemic and the growing social catastrophe facing humanity?

Over the past decades, the same forces that are pushing the imperialist powers into conflict and war are creating the conditions for working class opposition to grow.

Analyzing the “Globalization of Capitalism and the New Rise of the Working Class” from the perspective of the June 7 WSWS, David North noted: “In history, retribution exists. For all of the crimes committed by capitalism against the working class over the past 40 years, the ruling class, as it attacked the working class and made itself richer, has overseen a vast expansion and integration of the capitalist production system. The most significant and revolutionary result of this process - driven by astounding advances in science and technology - is the massive growth of the world working class ”.

This gigantic social force must now be mobilized by the construction of the International Committee of the Fourth International, on the basis of a revolutionary socialist perspective against social reaction, militarism and war.

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