LONDON – The Group of 7 was created to help coordinate the economic policies of the world’s biggest industrial powers. Over the next four decades, he acted to tackle energy shortages, global poverty and financial crises.
But as Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken meets with his colleagues from the Group of 7 Foreign Ministers in London this week, a key item on the agenda will be what Mr Blinken called for, in an address to the press on Monday, “defending democratic values and opening up societies.” “
Implicitly, this defense is against China and, to a lesser extent, against Russia. While the economic and public tasks of recovering from the coronavirus remain paramount, Mr Blinken also employs the Group of 7 – made up of the United States, Great Britain, Canada, France, Germany, United ‘Italy and Japan – to coordinate with its allies in an emerging global competition between democracy and the authoritarian visions of Moscow and Beijing.
A twist in this week’s meeting is the presence of nations that are not formally members of the Group of 7: India, South Korea, Australia and South Africa. Brunei, current president of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, is also in attendance.