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G-7 summit: While giving harshest rebuke to China yet, leaders deny wanting to thwart its progress

The Chinese foreign ministry said that the G-7 had attacked it and interfered in its internal affairs, including Taiwan. PHOTO: NYTIMES
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HIROSHIMA, Japan – It became evident on Saturday afternoon the extent to which China was to be a target for this year’s Group of Seven (G-7) summit of wealthy advanced democracies.

An early rushed copy of the leaders’ statement, spanning 40 pages, contained a nine-point segment that took aim at the world’s second-largest economy, criticising its “malign practices” and “interference activities”, among other things.

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