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The G7 has committed to increase pressure on Russia, describing its offensive in Ukraine as a “threat to the entire world” that violates “fundamental norms, rules, and principles of the international community.”

The G7 leaders – the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Canada – have been debating how to respond as the violence that began in February last year continues.

Potential allied training plans for Ukrainian pilots on US-made F-16 fighter planes sent a message to Russia that it should not expect to win in its invasion by prolonging the conflict, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Sunday.

Although Ukraine has not received any promises for delivery of the planes, President Joe Biden and other US officials have reminded G7 leaders that Washington supports joint alliance training programmes for Ukrainian pilots on F-16s.

Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron said the meeting was an opportunity to persuade big growing countries like India and Brazil to come off the fence and back Ukraine.

Macron made the remark to reporters a day after describing Zelensky’s surprising appearance at the conference as a “game changer.”

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Russia declared victory in Bakhmut shortly as Zelensky landed in Japan. Ukraine had disputed a claim by Russian mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin that his Wagner fighters had completed the seizure of the city hours before the assertions from Moscow.

On the first day of the conference, in addition to Biden’s support for F-16 training, the G7 approved further penalties against Russia.

According to a US official, Biden plans to announce a $375 million military aid package for Ukraine in Japan as well. According to the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the package will comprise artillery, ammo, and HIMARS rocket launchers.

Zelensky has pressed the governments to take more aggressive economic and military measures.

While the immediate priority was to support Ukraine’s defence, Scholz stated that once the war was ended, security guarantees for Ukraine needed to be established.

The German leader stated that Zelensky should meet with leaders of the Global South – a term that includes major emerging economies such as Brazil, India, and Indonesia – to convey the message that any proposals for peace talks must not aim to create a “frozen conflict” and must include the withdrawal of Russian troops.

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Economic coercion from China

As Moscow’s 15-month invasion has dragged on, numerous analysts and officials have suggested that it could devolve into a frozen conflict similar to the Korean Peninsula. North and South Korea are officially still at war because their 1950-1953 battle concluded with a ceasefire rather than a peace treaty.

Macron echoed this sentiment, adding, “Peace should not turn Ukraine into a frozen conflict because that will lead to war in the future.” It must fix the problem.”

According to a US official, US President Biden will meet with the leaders of Japan and South Korea on Sunday to discuss military interoperability and the economic coercion they face from China.

A day earlier, the G7 leaders outlined a common approach to China, aiming to “de-risk, not decouple” economic interaction with the world’s biggest.

The leaders stated that cooperation with China was essential given its role in the international community and clout as the world’s second-largest economy, as well as areas of mutual interest such as climate and conservation efforts.

They did, however, promise to take efforts to safeguard sensitive technologies that could jeopardise national security without unreasonably restricting trade and investment.

“We must not be naive. “We know where we need to engage with China,” Macron added, mentioning biodiversity, climate change, and artificial intelligence as examples.

“However, we must preserve interests, have elements of reciprocity, and protect value chains.” We don’t want an escalation… but we need to protect ourselves on important areas.”

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Aggression from China

Scholz told German TV ZDF on Sunday that the US, Germany, and other rich nations would continue to make large investments in China, as well as supply chains and exports to China, but the G7 was sending a clear signal that it was aiming to reduce risk.

The G7 emphasised the significance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, where Chinese military exercises have raised worries about the security of Taiwan, the democratic, self-governed island that China considers to be part of its territory, in a statement.

China’s foreign ministry sent a letter to Japan, the G7 host, expressing strong objection to the G7 joint statement, claiming that it ignored China’s concerns, attacked it, and interfered in its domestic affairs, especially Taiwan.

The US government debt ceiling crisis has hung over Biden’s head when he was in Hiroshima.

Before leaving Japan, he requested a meeting with Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, knowing that failure to reach an agreement would result in the first-ever default and recession in the United States, further complicating the global economy.

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