(from the correspondent Ileana Sciarra) The feeling is there, unchanged and solid from the first moment. Mario Draghi and Joe Biden can be seen in Carbis Bay, on the sidelines of the G7 works, on the tongue of the beach, where the splendid cottage that houses the US president for the summit of the Great Ones of the planet is located. A half-hour meeting, where at the end – it is told by sources from Palazzo Chigi – there is an agreement on many issues: women, young people, defense of the last, human rights, civil and social rights, environmental protection. But where the unknown remains China, which has become, in spite of itself, one of the central chapters of this summit, above all due to the acceleration given by the US administration. Which, right at the G7, presents the western alternative to the Silk Road, or the ‘Build back better for the world’, a global investment plan to counter Beijing’s influence in the world.
For Italy, the only Western country that, with the first Conte government, joined the Silk Road, the question is rather slippery. The United States also asks that the final G7 communiqué include strong criticism of the human rights violations in China against the Muslim Uyghur minority, in particular with regard to the use of forced labor. US sources, on Saturday afternoon, reported that in the discussion between the leaders of the G7, divisions on how to face the challenge of China would have emerged.
To take sides with Biden, who is asking for a very strong stance also by including the issue of forced labor in Xinjiang in the final document, there would have been in addition to Boris Johnson and Justin Trudeau, including Emmanuel Macron. While Angela Merkel, Mario Draghi and the EU leaders would have emphasized the areas of cooperation with China. According to reports from CNN, the exchange of views would have become so animated that it led to the suspension of internet communications in the room.
In the end, a communication short circuit is consummated on the China issue, with Palazzo Chigi announcing that the issue has not been touched on in the Draghi-Biden bilateral, while the White House in a note issued in the evening on the meeting includes relations with Beijing between the issues dealt with, or rather among the global challenges to be faced together, with Libya and Russia. From the presidency of the Council, after the statement from the White House, they let Adnkronos know that between the two leaders there was a “substantial identity of views” at 360 degrees, “a common feeling”.
Draghi thanked the American president for his commitment to the European Union, a relationship strengthened after the ups and downs that have marked the Trump administration. “The political picture often changes, but certain things like our deep alliance with the US never change,” Draghi told Biden.
Shortly thereafter, the Italian premier underpins the course of his politics, marked by Atlanticism. “Since the formation of the government I have been very clear that the pillars of Italian politics are Europeanism and Atlanticism”, declares the Italian premier at the end of the meeting, words that arrive via sms to reporters, who are unable to reach Carbis Bay at the end of the bilateral, blocked 400 meters from the arrival for the passage of the delegations of the leaders, thanks to the strict safety rules of the British government.