Draft G7 Summit Communique stresses rules-based free, open international order

Leaders of the Group of Seven nations plan to issue a communique stressing their commitment to upholding the rules-based free and open international order, continuing support for Ukraine and working toward a world free of nuclear weapons.

NHK obtained a draft of the document to be issued when the G7 Hiroshima Summit in Japan concludes on Sunday.

The declaration says the G7 will unite more than ever to deal with global issues and pave the way for a better future. It also says the group will uphold a free and open international order based on the rule of law.

The draft mentions that a separate statement on Ukraine was released on Friday, and that the G7 nations will maintain and strengthen support for Ukraine and work to mitigate the impact of the war on vulnerable people around the world.

The draft expresses serious concern about China's maritime activities in the East and South China seas. It says the G7 nations are strongly opposed to Beijing's unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force and coercion.

It states that the G7 leaders reaffirm the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and urge the peaceful resolution of issues in the region.

The draft also calls on China to put pressure on Russia to end its invasion of Ukraine. At the same time, it says the G7 will work together with Beijing on global challenges and build constructive and stable relations.

Regarding nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, the draft stresses that the G7 partners will work toward a world free of nuclear weapons through realistic and practical approaches.

As for the global economy, the draft says the group will carefully monitor financial market trends and that it is ready to take appropriate measures to maintain the stability and resilience of the global financial system.

Turning to economic security, the draft says the G7 will work to launch a framework to counter so-called economic coercion used to influence policies or the decision-making process of other countries through methods including embargos. It is an apparent bid to keep China in check.

The draft says the G7 nations will address growing concerns over the global food crisis by taking specific steps focused on supporting emerging and developing nations collectively known as the Global South.

In the digital field, the draft instructs relevant ministers of the group to launch an initiative called "Hiroshima AI Process" and to hold discussions on generative AI at a working group meeting by the end of the year.

On gender equality, the draft says the G7 will ensure people in the LGBTQ community are able to fully participate in society in a meaningful way.

The G7 leaders will finalize the declaration after wrapping up their summit talks on Sunday.