XI Takes Swipe at G-7 Summit In SCO Remarks
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is holding its first summit since India and Pakistan joined the bloc which is widely seem by observers as a means for blocking American influence in Central Asia.
The founding members of the alliance are China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The summit is being held in the eastern Chinese coastal city of Qingdao.
Chinese President Xi Jingping told the group in opening remarks Sunday, "We should reject selfish, short-sighted, narrow and closed-
off policies.We must maintain the rules of the World Trade Organization, support the multilateral trade system and build an open global economy."
Political analysts see the Chinese leader's remarks as a thinly veiled reference to the chaos at the recent G-7 summit in Canada where the U.S. and its allies were divided by escalating trade tensions.
After leaving the G-7 meeting, U.S. President Donald Trump described Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as "meek and mild" and "dishonest & weak."
Trump also withdrew his endorsement of the G-7 summit's communique.
Girls Education Fund Announced at G-7
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Saturday that nearly $3 billion in pledges has been raised to help fund the education of vulnerable girls and women around the world.
Canada will contribute $300 million to the campaign. Germany, Japan, Britain and the World Bank are among the additional supporters.
The prime minister made the announcement on the last day of the G-7 summit which was held in Quebec.
Women's groups that had met with Trudeau on the sidelines of the summit welcomed the news of the generous pledges that exceeded the groups' expectations.