The G-7 and NATO: Trying to Placate Washington, but Not Antagonize Beijing,

Ted Galen Carpenter, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute

The recently concluded summit meetings of the G-7 and NATO exhibited attempts at delicate balancing acts on the part of members who faced the challenge of responding to Washington’s growing pressure on both bodies to take a strong, collective stance against the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The communiques emerging from the two gatherings reflected attempts to satisfy U.S. demands without adopting positions that might cause irreparable damage to relations with Beijing. […]

The relatively tepid language about the PRC in both communiques indicates that even America’s closest allies are not fully on board for a hardline policy toward China. They did the minimum necessary by agreeing to statements that barely met Washington’s most insistent demands. Tellingly, neither the G-7 nor NATO approved substantive policies to curb Beijing’s alleged misconduct. President Biden pronounced that he was “satisfied” with the G-7 declaration, but that comment suggested something less than an enthusiastic verdict on his part. Läs artikel