Italy's Draghi says G7 had to be frank about China

It's an autocracy that does not adhere to multilateral rules

  
Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi waves as he arrives at Cornwall Airport Newquay, ahead of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 11, 2021. Stefan Rousseau/Pool via REUTERS

Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi waves as he arrives at Cornwall Airport Newquay, ahead of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 11, 2021. Stefan Rousseau/Pool via REUTERS

CARBIS BAY, England- Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said the Group of Seven countries had to be frank about differences between the West and China in its post-summit communique that called out Beijing on issues ranging from rights to the origins of the coronavirus.

"It's an autocracy that does not adhere to multilateral rules and does not share the same vision of the world that the democracies have," Draghi told reporters on Sunday after a Group of Seven leaders summit in Britain.

"We need to cooperate but we also need to be frank about things that we do not share and do not accept. The U.S. president said that silence is complicity."

(Reporting by William Schomberg in Falmouth, England, and Elvira Pollina in Milan, editing by Elizabeth Piper) ((william.schomberg@thomsonreuters.com; +44 207 542 7778; Reuters Messaging: william.schomberg.reuters.com@reuters.net))


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