ELMAU CASTLE, Germany: Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) on Tuesday condemned China's "nontransparent and market-distorting" international trade practices in an end-of-summit statement that hit out directly at Beijing for the first time.

The statement, which also pledged to reduce "strategic dependencies" on the East Asian country, came hours before the leaders join a larger group of their counterparts at a North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Spain's capital Madrid.

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