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Globally the G7 are a minority

It is repeatedly claimed that the G7 are the “most important industrialized countries” and thus generally the most important countries in the world. However, on closer inspection this contention is wrong.

Published: June 30, 2022, 9:02 am

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    Two misconceptions are very popular in the Western mainstream when it comes to the current G7 summit. On the one hand, it is repeatedly claimed that the G7 are the “most important industrialized countries” and thus generally the most important countries in the world. However, that is wishful thinking at best. To ascribe greater economic importance to countries like Italy or Canada than China or India is untenable.

    On the other hand, regarding the topic of the Ukraine war and the sanctions policy, the entire world is not on the side of Ukraine as is often claimed. Not a single South American or African country and, with the exception of Japan and South Korea, not a single Asian country has signed up for sanctions. States in which the US actually has a great deal of influence, such as Israel, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Colombia and Pakistan, are also not on board.

    The Western economic war is purely a NATO and EU affair, which only Australia, New Zealand and the two East Asian countries mentioned wanted to join. The G7 meeting in Elmau was nevertheless marked by new threats of sanctions against Russia and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson offering to pose nude: “Shall we take our clothes off?” Johnson asked. “We all have to show that we’re tougher than Putin.”

    The G7 wanted to cover up the lack of global support by inviting five guest countries, India, South Africa, Indonesia, Argentina and Senegal, which are not counted among the Western industrialized countries. But this maneuver can confidently be seen as a complete failure.

    India and South Africa, along with Brazil, Russia and China, belong to the “competing” BRICS community of states, which wants nothing to do with sanctions against its member Russia. Senegal and Indonesia are not fighting against Russia on the diplomatic stage, but for an end to Western sanctions against Russia. And shortly after their “guest appearance” in Elmau, Argentina showed where they want to be in the future. Together with Iran, the country applied for membership of the BRICS.

    In the medium term, Indonesia, Turkey and even Mexico also want to join the BRICS or become associated with the alliance of states. The BRICS+ would then represent almost two thirds of the world’s population, while the G7 including the EU would only have 12 percent.

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