Jun 12, 2021 - World

G7 leaders fuss over how to rebuke China for human rights abuses

Leaders of the G7 at a working session in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on June 12.
Leaders of the G7 at a working session in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, on June 12. Photo: Leon Neal/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Group of Seven leaders on Saturday grappled with how bluntly they should criticize China for committing human rights abuses in their upcoming joint declaration, Politico reports.

Why it matters: President Biden hopes to present a united front against Beijing before the end of the summit, but other countries, such as Germany, hope to strengthen financial connections with the Chinese in the long term.

The big picture: During the working meeting on Saturday, the group disagreed on whether the framing of the declaration should be about specific violations by China or if it should be constructed more broadly, according to Politico.

What's next: The final language of the joint declaration is expected to be unveiled at the end of the G7 summit on Sunday.

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