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Chinese newspapers contrast security summit success with G7 disarray


SHANGHAI/(Reuters) - State-run Chinese newspapers on Monday crowed about a weekend meeting of a regional security bloc hosted by China, painting it as a harmonious, anti-protectionist counterpoint to the in that was marred by acrimony.

The Global Times, a nationalistic tabloid run by the ruling Communist Party's official newspaper, the People's Daily, asked why the had "ended in disarray" while the Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in the port city of was "full of enthusiasm and ambition".

"The key lies in that the Spirit, featuring mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, consultation, respect for cultural diversity and pursuit of common development, echoes the theme of the era, in which unilateralism can hardly prevail," it said.

It said criticism of the meeting and praise for the SCO marked "an important change".

In the Canadian province of at the weekend, U.S. threw the G7's efforts to show a united front into disorder by leaving early, backing out of a joint communique and taking aim at Canadian

The SCO meeting in at the same time, meanwhile, set what the Daily newspaper said was a good example for multilateral cooperation, offering a "new vision" for a more just and equitable world.

"Against the backdrop of rising unilateralism and anti-globalisation, the SCO's opposition to trade protectionism in any form is especially encouraging," the English-language daily in an editorial.

In a separate piece, the newspaper made the case for a united front against Trump after the G7 debacle.

"The G7 summit has served as another reminder that it is the that is challenging the international rules-based order," it said.

"Considering that the has also instigated trade disputes with other countries such as China, the global backlash against Trump's unilateralist tendencies is gaining momentum. The international community should rally and reject the self-oriented closed-door policies of the U.S."

WeChat account showed two pictures side by side, one of Chinese walking with other SCO leaders, and the other of G7 leaders standing looking at a seated Trump with his arms folded.

"Look at the photos! Two summits on the same day - and the pictures are totally different from each other," it wrote.

Speaking at a daily briefing in Beijing, said they hoped that the G7 countries, being important developed nations, can shoulder their responsibility for promoting peace and development.

hopes the G7 countries can "play a constructive role", he added.

The SCO was launched in 2001 to combat radical Islam and other security concerns in China, and four ex-Soviet It added two new members, and Pakistan, last year and has been seeking entry.

(Reporting by and Ben Blanchard; Editing by Michael Perry)

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 14:33 IST