G-7, Corona and China



Dr. Mahfuz Parvez, Associate Editor, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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The G-7 summit of the world's richest countries ended with great joy. They had tea with the Queen of Britain and the world got to see the fashion show of the First Ladies' outer wear.

But the summit could not show generosity for the universal welfare of the world beyond the national interest. Despite pledging to vaccinate the world's poorest countries with 100 crore doses of coronavirus, analysts said the main goal of the G-7 alliance is to stand up to China and Russia. The G-7 group has also issued statements on the Xinjiang and Hong Kong issues, which China has condemned. The agenda to suppress China has dominated the summit.

But the G-7 summit, the alliance of the most powerful countries in the world, was the focus of global attention. It is only natural that everyone should pay attention to the role of the leading world powers in the global Corona pandemic. Against such a backdrop, US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also gave a strong message of the fight against Corona from the G7 stage.

The G-7 will provide 100 crore doses of coronavirus vaccine to the people of underdeveloped countries around the world. Of this, the United States alone will give 50 crore doses. Britain will provide 10 crore doses for now. The rest of the G-7 countries will arrange the rest of the dose.

"Britain's vaccination process has been very successful," British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told reporters ahead of the G-7 summit. As a result, we want to reach out to countries that have not yet been able to acquire one of the weapons of war against the Corona. "We just have to see how many lives we can save. "

In fact, the main topic of the summit is the removal of China and Russia. The focus of the G-7 leaders was on the international system and the global economy.

The full form of the G-7 is the Group of Seven. The seven most developed economies of the world are: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain and the United States. The European Union is also a part of this alliance. When Russia joined the alliance in 1998, it was called the G-8. But Russia was excluded from the alliance in 2014 due to the occupation of Crimea.

Despite being one of the world's largest economies and the world's most populous country, China has never been a member of the G7. This is because a country is not an alliance if its per capita wealth is relatively low. That is why India was not made a member of the G-7.

Usually global issues, such as conflict, refugees, pandemics, etc. are important at the summit. When the world is in danger, then the world leaders will be active in this matter, this is desirable. In addition, world leaders have a responsibility to save the world from the clutches of vaccine politics, vaccine diplomacy and vaccine nationalism. In a situation where the vaccine is only for the rich, the world expected a more proactive G-7.

However, it is thought that the issue has not been on the agenda of the G-7 leaders as Europe and America have gradually been freed from the clutches of the Corona. This is because although the incidence of corona has intensified in India and some other countries of the world, the situation in developed countries has changed for the better. Many countries are in the final stages of full vaccination. Deaths and infections are declining rapidly.

In such a situation, Britain has decided to gradually relax the Corona rules. The 'Roadmap to Independence' has been adopted. The rules have been relaxed little by little over the last few months as planned. That's right; the lockdown will be completely lifted on June 21. But with the rise of the Delta Strain, the ‘Independence Celebration’ was postponed for a month though the rest of Europe is fearless.

In France, night curfews have been lifted to reduce such infections. Going to eat inside cafe, restaurant. However, the number of people who could sit together in normal times has been halved. Shops that are not superfluous have also been opened. Even the gym, the cinema hall is all. However, wearing a mask is still mandatory (until June 30).

That lesson has also been missed in Germany. Even in urban areas like Berlin, no one has to wear a mask. However, in each of the 16 provinces, the regional administration has issued its own rules. There are no restrictions on those whose vaccinations have been completed. As a rule of thumb, however, a maximum of six members of three families may gather in one place.

Italy and Spain are also trying to return to normal life. But the crowd is not being allowed anywhere.

Meanwhile, a street party has been organized in Paris in protest of the Corona-rules. The protest was named 'Project X' after the American film. Hundreds of masked people gathered there. They aimed the police van and dropped the broken bottle. The car was vandalized. In the end, the police had to throw tear gas to handle the situation. Another gathering took place on the banks of the Seine River near the Louvre Museum. That, of course, is not a protest. The police also dispersed the party at midnight. City pubs have also been opened. The crowd of young people is growing. Administrative officials also say, ‘I know it is difficult to stay under house arrest for a long time. But the virus has not gone away yet. '

Mike Ryan, head of the World Health Organization's Europe branch, was recently heard saying the same thing. In his words, ‘the way film festivals, sports tournaments are going on; people are moving from one end of the continent to the other, danger is imminent. The French Open has already ended. Wimbledon starts next month. The European Football Championship is underway. All of this is enough to cause fear, Ryan reminds us.

Although the situation is not yet safe, Europe is slowly recovering from the Corona's main blow. As the number of deaths and infections has decreased as the vaccination of all has been completed, so has the confidence and courage of the citizens.

In poor countries, on the other hand, there is uncertainty about vaccine availability, where the risk is still high. The rich countries have not taken a leading role in the G-7 alliance as the risk of Corona has shifted from the developed countries to the underdeveloped world. Rather, in the light of the polarization of international politics, they have taken a united stand against their own national interest agenda and the rise of China.