With the eyes of the world on the G7, Beijing reminded the West that it’s outnumbered by its competitors
Zhao Lijian, spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry posted on Tuesday an image pointing out that even though he is referred to as “China Foreign Ministry”, he was not present at high-profile G7/NATO leaders meetings. “international society,” the G7 countries actually account for a small percentage of the world’s population.
This image shows the G7 and BRICS leaders, with the distinction that the former have a population totalling 777 millions, while the latter are home to 3.2 million people.
“So next time when they talk about ‘international society,’ you know what they mean…”Zhao wrote.
So next time when they talk about "international society", you know what they mean… pic.twitter.com/3sV23dxLCp
— Lijian Zhao 赵立坚 (@zlj517) June 28, 2022
After the summit in Germany over the weekend, the G7 leaders departed for Madrid, where the US-led NATO alliance is meeting to draft its new Strategic Concept – a document that outlines its mission and stance toward non-members. This document, which is the first updated since 2010, will focus on China. “challenge,”According to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg “will make clear that allies consider Russia as the most significant and direct threat to our security.”
Just days prior the G7 summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and leaders from South Africa, India and Brazil to discuss the much less well-reported summit for the BRICS. The group, denoted by an acronym composed from the first letter of its member nations’ names, includes four of the world’s top ten economies and represents more than 40% of the planet’s population and 30% of its GDP.
Although the BRICS group does not constitute an alliance militarily or economically, many of its members stand in direct opposition to the West consensus. Save for Brazil, none of the BRICS nations voted with the US and its allies to condemn Russia’s military operation in Ukraine at the UN General Assembly in March, for example, and China and India have stepped up their trade links with Russia since then.
It is possible that the bloc will soon grow. Argentina and Iran submitted applications last week to join the bloc. “very creative mechanism with broad aspects,”Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez stated that the platform was possible. “implement an agenda for the future that will lead to a better and fairer time.”
During Wednesday’s BRICS summit, Putin stated that five members of the group were working to create a global reserve currency. “based on a basket of currencies of our countries.”