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International relations

G-7 vows to defend against digital interference of China and Russia

Election meddling and cybertheft flagged as common threat to democracies

DINARD, France -- Foreign ministers from leading industrialized nations formed a united front against the rising threat of digital inference into democracies, with China and Russia in mind, but the top diplomat from U.S., the target of Moscow’s alleged election meddling, was conspicuously absent.

"We are determined to work collaboratively to reinforce our democracies against malign behavior and hostile interference by state and non-state actors," a joint statement by Group of Seven ministers issued Saturday noted. "Such efforts, undertaken through both traditional and digital means, seek to create chaos," it said.

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