Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Jacobs asked Biden if the response from G-7 leaders to allegations of China’s human rights violations in Xinjiang province was strong enough.
“The final wording of the G-7 communiqué mentions China… but I know it’s not as difficult as you and your team wanted. … Why is it not so difficult? There’s not a lot of action in there, ”Jacobs asked.
“As you know, the last time the G-7 met there was no mention of China. But this time there is mention of China, ”Biden replied at a solo press conference after the summit.
“The G-7 has explicitly agreed to denounce human rights violations in Xinjiang and Hong Kong. I know this is going to sound somewhat prosaic, but I think we are competing, not with China per se, but with autocrats, autocratic governments around the world, over whether or not democracies can compete with them in the rapidly evolving 21st century.
“I think there is a lot of action on China,” he insisted.
But a spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in London told Reuters: “The days when global decisions were dictated by a small group of countries are long gone.”
The spokesperson continued, “We always believe that countries, big or small, strong or weak, poor or rich, are equal, and that world affairs should be dealt with in consultation by all countries,” according to the report.
Biden attended mass earlier and in the late afternoon traveled to Windsor Castle for tea with Queen Elizabeth.
The Chinese government has been accused of enslaving and abusing around 1 million Uyghurs, which the government has denied. The Biden administration attempted to center the seven-country summit on China’s infrastructure and abuses against the ethnic minority and others.
“President Biden and leaders have agreed on a set of concrete actions around key priorities to address forced labor in global supply chains, the threat of ransomware and the fight against corruption,” said the White House on Sunday for the summit.
“The United States and our G7 partners remain deeply concerned about the use of all forms of forced labor in global supply chains, including state-sponsored forced labor of vulnerable groups and minorities and Supply chains from the agricultural, solar and clothing sectors – the main supply chains of concern in Xinjiang.