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Germany and Italy Block G7 Condemnation of Chinese Slave Labour

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, along with EU leaders have reportedly blocked efforts by the G7 to issue a joint statement condemning alleged forced slave labour in the Chinese province of Xinjiang.

EU officials have reportedly expressed the opinion that the West should focus on corporation with China instead of adversarial elements. Meanwhile, the United States along with Japan, Canada, the UK, and France supported the effort to call out the alleged slave labour. France was the only EU member-state in the block that did not side with the EU on the issue. EU leaders Ursula von der Leyen (herself a former German cabinet member) and Charles Michel (of Belgium) led the effort to oppose the measure.

The final version of the G7 communiqué read: “we are concerned about the use of all forms of forced labour in global supply chains, including state-sponsored forced labor of vulnerable groups and minorities, including in the agricultural, solar, and garment sectors,” with no mention of China in particular.

An unnamed official reportedly claimed that there was “a little bit of differentiation of opinion, not on whether the threat is there but on how strong, from an action perspective different G7 members are willing to take this.”

This disagreement reiterates the growing disunity within the West on how to handle the Chinese threat. It is clear that economic factors (such as the belt and road initiative and overall trade with China) are effecting how individual countries are reacting to the rise of Chinese geopolitical strength. Industrial giants in Germany were the first western companies to take bets on the Chinese economy in the 1980s, and have made a significant profit ever since. China currently stands as Germany’s largest importer. In 2019, Italy was also one of the first European nations to join the belt and road initiative.

As always, this story reiterates how the condemnation of human rights (in this case, slave labour in Xinjiang) is almost always tied to some geopolitical interest. It is a rare sight when any nation fights for genuine human rights simply out of the goodness of its leaders’ hearts.

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Pat Henry
Pat Henry
June 15, 2021

Bought and paid for by the Chinese just like Biden.

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Reply to  Pat Henry
June 15, 2021

Ever get the feeling you can’t read?

BUBBA
BUBBA
June 15, 2021

Weren’t these two countries that in the 1930 and 40’s used slave labor on a massive scale?

Eddy
Eddy
Reply to  BUBBA
June 16, 2021

Wasn’t the capitalism in the U.S. based on slave labor as well ? Is that slave labor in the U.S. being continued within the U.S. prison system today ??

peter mcloughlin
June 15, 2021

It is interests not principles driving attitudes to China. That is the pattern of history. A clash between the West and China is in nobody’s interests.
 https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

jpthiran
Reply to  peter mcloughlin
June 15, 2021

…basically you support slave work and exploitation!…I would like to see your face when your boss says that you will start to work 12 hours a day, for 6 days a week, for 120 € a month!…and still need to feed your family!…A clash between the West and China is not in the interests of the abusers and exploiters (and there paid allies – governments and media)…regarding Germany, they still expect to sell a few more cars and sell a few more train systems to China, before this country is able to copy the technology for free!…

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Eddy
Eddy
Reply to  jpthiran
June 16, 2021

So what ? Regarding the copying of German systems by the Chinese, hasn’t the U.S. done exactly the same ever since WW 2 ? Then, in the interests of profit and shareholders profits, transferred the same to China, where with brand new up to date machinery, and computer operated systems, the same products that were previously manufactured in the U.S. with ancient machinery, now churned out for a pittance. Who were the architecs of this transfer ??? L.O.L.

HTuttle
HTuttle
June 15, 2021

Still Fascists after all these years…..

Not Chicken Little
Not Chicken Little
June 15, 2021

Not to condemn slave labor is to approve of it. He who is silent gives his consent.

We live in evil times. Too many countries have weak and/or evil leaders. They care nothing for the common man and woman, except to use them as pawns and walking ATMs.

Like Gresham’s Law, the lies on every hand drive the truth out of circulation.

Helga I. Fellay
Helga I. Fellay
Reply to  Not Chicken Little
June 16, 2021

Speaking of slave labor, in the US (California) the cheapest two bedroom apartment costs $2,500 a month. Minimum wage was raised to $15.00 an hour. A family is not able to afford to rent an apartment and eat. It’s either one or the other. I would call that slave labor as well. Yet all our politicians seen to not only give consent, but are enabling this.

Eddy
Eddy
Reply to  Helga I. Fellay
June 16, 2021

Concur most heartedly with your post, Helga. How are American families to ever get ahead under such a slave labor system ????

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