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G7 partners talk China, Russia

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The Group of Seven democracies will discuss ways of countering challenges from China and Russia without trying to contain Beijing or escalate tension with the Kremlin, two of its top diplomats said.

Afternoon talks will turn to Russia, including how to respond to troop manoeuvres on the border with Ukraine and the imprisonment of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

Founded in 1975 as a forum for the West's richest nations to discuss crises such as the OPEC oil embargo, the G7 is debating responses to the two vast and increasingly assertive countries as well as the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.