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U.S. Advocates for Ukrainian Aid and Stands United Against China’s Trade Practices at G7 Finance Meeting | WGN Radio 720

Meeting of G7 Finance Ministers in Stresa Focuses on Ukraine Aid and China Trade Practices

The U.S. Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen, is leading the charge at the Group of Seven rich democracies meeting in Stresa, Italy, seeking support to unlock more money from frozen Russian assets for Ukraine and to stand united against China’s aggressive trade practices.

Following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia on Feb. 24, 2022, around $260 billion of Russian central bank reserves were frozen in Europe and the U.S. Yellen is advocating for more ambitious options to provide financial aid to Ukraine, whose finances are becoming increasingly strained due to the ongoing conflict and Russia’s targeting of civilian infrastructure.

While European officials are hesitant to outright confiscate the funds and provide them to Ukraine, proposals include borrowing against the future interest income from the frozen assets to potentially provide Ukraine with up to $50 billion immediately. This is crucial as Ukraine currently allocates the majority of its tax revenue towards military spending and requires additional funds to sustain crucial public services.

Yellen is also urging for a united front against China’s state subsidies in key industries such as manufacturing of solar panels, semiconductors, and electric cars. She warned that China’s excess production capacity poses a threat to competing companies globally.

The finance ministers are working towards final decisions to be made at the upcoming G7 summit in June, where economic policies and security issues will be discussed. The G7, comprised of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, aims to address pressing global challenges and promote cooperation among member nations.

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