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    G7 Urges China to Press Russia to End War in Ukraine, Respect Taiwan's Status, Fair Trade Rules

    HIROSHIMA, (AP) — The Group of Seven wealthy democracies united Saturday in urging China to pressure its strategic partner Russia to end its war on Ukraine.

    In a joint statement issued Saturday, the G7 leaders emphasized they did not want to harm China and were seeking “constructive and stable relations” with , “recognizing the importance of engaging candidly with and expressing our concerns directly to China.”

    “We call on China to press Russia to stop its military aggression, and immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw its troops from Ukraine,” it said. “We encourage China to support a comprehensive, just and lasting peace based on territorial integrity and the principles and purposes of the U.N. Charter,” including in direct talks with Ukraine.

    Cooperation with China is needed given its global role and economic size, the group said, in appealing for working together on challenges such as climate change, biodiversity, debts and financing needs of of vulnerable countries, global health concerns and economic stability.

    But the leaders expressed “serious concern” about the situation in the East and South China seas, where Beijing has been expanding its military presence and threatening to use to exert its control over self-governed . They called for a “peaceful resolution” of China's claim to Taiwan, which has remained unresolved since the communists…

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