Putin Hopes Biden Less Impulsive Than Trump

Putin Hopes Biden Less Impulsive Than Trump

In private meetings, public statements and background briefings with reporters, each country staked out its position during the second day of the annual G7 summit, held this year in southwest England.

Biden pushed his G-7 counterparts to include a forceful condemnation of China's use of forced labor in the final summit communique Sunday, the details of which are still being negotiated. It remains unclear whether the document will call out China by name, according to people familiar with the talks.

Making his way back indoors, Biden walked arm-in-arm with French President Emmanuel Macron - who hosted the last in-person G7 meeting on the Atlantic coast in 2019, which devolved partly into an argument led by former US President Donald Trump over whether to allow Russian Federation to rejoin the group.

"We expect this meeting to be candid and straightforward and a solo press conference is the appropriate format to clearly communicate with the free press the topics that were raised in the meeting, both in terms of areas where we may agree and in areas where we have significant concerns", the official added. But China appears prepared to dismiss whatever comes out of the meeting.

Leaders of the Group of Seven nations have agreed on a new global infrastructure plan to counter China's Belt and Road initiative. But there are signs that Europe is willing to put greater scrutiny on Beijing. The other leaders in the photo included: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudea, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of the European Council Charles Michel, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

Mr. Biden will join leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom for a session focused on China on the second day of the G-7 summit.

The UK government says Saturday's discussions will tackle "how we can shape the global system to deliver for our people in support of our values", including by diversifying supply chains that now heavily depend on China.

As the two men sat outside in woven chairs at the edge of a broad beach, reporters asked Biden if he has convinced US allies that America is back.

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The theme of the G7 Summit this year is "Build Back Better".

They plan to mobilize hundreds of billions of dollars through governmental institutions in the United States and other countries, together with the private sector.

"Over my tenure, I've gotten used to attacks from all kinds of angles and from all kinds of areas under all kinds of pretext, and reasons and of different caliber and fierceness and none of it surprises me", Putin told NBC's Keir Simmons on Friday, speaking about Biden having calling him a "killer".

The White House previewed the initiative in a call with reporters, promoting a plan that would compete with China's Belt and Road Initiative. It would be funded in part with existing US contributions to overseas infrastructure financing through the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

Biden on Wednesday said the U.S.is not seeking conflict with Russia, BUT... "But until now we haven't offered a positive alternative that reflects our values, our standards and our way of doing business".

"We have cooperation plans with Iran, including the military and technical cooperation", Putin said.

The leaders are also set to issue new commitments on climate change, including financial aid for the developing world, in the buildup to the UN's COP26 environmental summit in Scotland in November. "It is our hope that Europe and Japan and other like-minded countries deepen such discussions in the future".

Lemire reported from Plymouth, England.

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