Boris Johnson’s government wants to swear the seven largest industrialized countries on a clear course against Russia and China. The focus is on the fight against fake news and propaganda.
Great Britain wants to use this year’s chairmanship of the seven largest industrialized countries (G7) for a tougher course against Russia and China. The G7 members should act with a common mechanism against misinformation from both countries, said Foreign Minister Dominic Raab of the Reuters news agency before the G7 foreign ministers meeting in London in the new week. “When we see these lies and this propaganda or that fake news is being spread, we can then not only individually, but collectively publish a refutation and simply publish the truth,” said Raab.
Britain sees Russia as its greatest threat to its security and China as its strongest long-term rival in military, economic and technological matters.
Russia speaks of hysteria
Several Western states accuse Russia and China of sowing mistrust with disinformation, for example in elections or about corona vaccines. Russia denies the allegations and speaks of anti-Russian hysteria. China accuses western countries of behaving like a world police with a post-imperial self-image.
In addition to Great Britain, the USA, Germany, France, Italy, Japan and Canada are G7 members. Great Britain has also invited India, Australia and South Korea to the conference of foreign ministers. To begin with, Raab wants to meet his US colleague Antony Blinken on Monday.
“The most important thing for us is that we expand our international group of like-minded countries that stand for open societies, human rights and democracy that stand for international trade,” said Raab. Great Britain had strengthened its relations with countries in the Indo-Pacific region parallel to its exit from the EU. That remains in the interests of his country, affirmed Raab.