UK defends leadership grouping during pandemic: G-7 update
After the meeting is over, US President Joe Biden travels to London to meet with the Queen and then to Brussels for Monday’s NATO summit.
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- China pushes back G-7 narrative of actions
- Not clear if the meeting statement has been finalized
- The G-7 will be followed by NATO and EU-US summits
UK Raab attacks ‘ignorant’ European Union (9.45 a.m.)
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab continued his attacks on the EU amid a row over post-Brexit trade rules for Northern Ireland, saying some EU figures were ‘ignorant’ and not did not understand that the region was an integral part of the UK
Raab confirmed that French President Emmanuel Macron suggested to Johnson that Northern Ireland was not a full part of the UK when the two leaders met on Saturday. The bloc should respect the “spirit” of the Brexit protocol and not simply take a “purist” stance to the letter of the law, Raab told Sky News. – Tim Ross
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Raab defends leaders gathered at Saturday dinner (9:21 am)
Raab said G-7 officials had “compared the notes” on the evidence each country has on whether Covid-19 emerged via a lab leak in Wuhan. The UK doesn’t believe the virus originated in a lab, Raab said, but rather “we think it’s much, much more likely to be a jump from animals to humans” .
Raab also defended the government’s arrangements for the summit after photos of G-7 leaders gathered for a beach barbecue on Saturday night. Johnson is expected to announce a delay in lifting final lockdown measures on Monday as virus cases rise again.
The Foreign Secretary said he expected people to understand that the “serious business” the G-7 leaders are engaging in at the summit will exempt them from social distancing guidelines. – Kitty Donaldson
Australia Seeks Reset Via Talks With China (8:50 a.m.)
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said he wants to resume talks with Beijing as geopolitical tensions continue to spill over into a key trade relationship for Australia.
“Australia is always ready to sit around the table and discuss how our partnership can work,” Morrison told reporters on Saturday on the sidelines of the Cornwall meetings.
Ties plunged last year when Australia called for an independent investigation into the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic. The trade retaliation that followed included tariffs of more than 200% on Australian wine, with Morrison saying last week that the government was seeking action from the World Trade Organization to resolve the dispute. – Angus Whitley
China Says “Handful of Countries” Shouldn’t Decide on World Order (7:58 a.m.)
Even before a final communique was released, Beijing took a hit in the G-7 talks, claiming that a plan by Western countries to safeguard the so-called “rules-based international system” is outdated.
“The days when global decisions were dictated by a small group of countries are long gone,” a spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom said in a statement posted on its website. “We always believe that countries, big or small, strong or weak, poor or rich, are equal and that world affairs should be dealt with through consultations by all countries.”
An earlier version of the statement seen by Bloomberg urges China to respect human rights, while calling it an “international partner, economic competitor and strategic rival.” – Chamim Adam
Doubts about the details of climate finance promises (7:37 a.m.)
G-7 leaders are facing calls to clarify how much money they will commit to helping developing countries move away from fossil fuels and tackle climate change. But while they are on the verge of confirming their pledge to raise $ 100 billion a year for this, they have yet to say how much more each of them will put in for this goal (a diplomat says the amounts discussed are well below what is needed), and campaigners want to see the details before the summit ends.
Overnight, the UK confirmed that G-7 leaders would back a green rival to China’s Belt and Road infrastructure initiative. The program, first reported by Bloomberg earlier this month, will aim to support green transitions and infrastructure projects in developing countries around the world.
As previously reported, leaders will also put in place measures to reduce carbon emissions, including ending all coal without reduction as soon as possible, ending almost all direct government support to the fossil fuel sector. abroad and phasing out gasoline and diesel cars, the UK government said. in a press release. – Alberto Nardelli, Tim Ross
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European countries want clearer terms of reference for proposed China task force (earlier)
Other haggling emerged over how to tackle the Chinese issue within the G-7, in particular a proposal to create a working group. A European official took issue with an American characterization of the discussion which suggested that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi took a gentler attitude towards Beijing than others.
The official said all G-7 members support a tougher stance on China with a strategy of working with it on climate change, competing with it on trade and criticizing it on issues. human rights. But Merkel and Draghi want any task force to have a clearly defined mandate.
Merkel separately told reporters that she did not want to portray a task force as an anti-China effort and needed a positive climate and trade-focused agenda: “This is not about ‘to be against something, but for something “. The EU official cited some irritation in the United States, saying he seemed to frame the announcements in a way that did not always reflect the conversation in the room. – Alberto Nardelli, Arne Delfs
Canada feels caught between the US and China (earlier)
Biden spoke to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about China on the sidelines of the meeting, according to a Canadian official who requested anonymity. Canada has been placed in a difficult position by the United States’ tougher approach to China, feeling trapped between the two superpowers, the official said.
Trudeau and Biden discussed the two Canadians currently jailed in China on national security charges. They were arrested after Canadian authorities arrested Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co. following a US extradition request. –Kait Bolongaro