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G7 leaders agree to a new initiative to counter economic coercion

Group of Seven leaders on Saturday agreed to a new initiative to counter economic coercion, and pledged action to ensure that any actors attempting to weaponize economic dependence would fail and face consequences.

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The initiative, dubbed Coordination Platform on Economic Coercion, will use early warning and rapid information sharing on economic coercion with members meeting regularly for consultations, the leaders said in a statement.

“The world has encountered a disturbing rise in incidents of economic coercion that seek to exploit economic vulnerabilities,” the G7 leaders said in a statement following a meeting in Hiroshima, Japan.

The statement did not identify China, but in details released on Friday that outlined the proposed initiative, the British government pointed to attempts by China to use its economic power in political disputes with Australia and Lithuania.

The statement also committed the G7 leaders to deepen cooperation on hardening supply chains and called for a bigger role for lower income countries in promoting economic resilience.

They urged all nations to adhere to principles of “transparency, diversification, security, sustainability, and trustworthiness and reliability” in building supply chain networks.

The group also agreed to deepen cooperation in information sharing as it looks to establish new standards for next generation technologies.

G7 leaders’ spouses explore Hiroshima, enjoy traditional pancakes
Spouses of G7 leaders visited the Itsukushima Shrine, a World Heritage site, during the summit.

U.S. First Lady Jill Biden, British Prime Minister’s wife Akshata Murthy, German Chancellor’s wife Britta Ernst, the European Commission President’s husband Heiko Von Der Leyen, and Japanese Prime Minister’s wife Yuko Kishida, as well as Biden’s granddaughter Maisy, were welcomed by a traditional Japanese dance performance at the shrine.

The group later sat for lunch together at a local brewery.

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