G7 leaders outline pandemic pact, eye foreign policy threats

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin answer questions about the 2016 U.S Election collusion during a joint press conference after their summit

A USA senior administration official said that Build Back Better for the World "won't just be an alternative to the BRI, but we believe will beat the BRI by offering a higher-quality choice".

It was a back-and-forth reflective of the divisive issue that China has become among western allies - even with what Europeans view as the welcoming presence of U.S. President Joe Biden - as the leaders grapple with the country's ascendance as a geopolitical and economic counterweight to the democracies they represent.

Per The Guardian, the Chinese embassy in the United Kingdom released a statement Saturday directed at the G7 that said "the days when global decisions were dictated by a small group of countries are long gone". But in a statement, the official said there was "a growing convergence" among G7 countries on highlighting China's "human rights abuses, including in Xinjiang".

Putin's bravura performance at a 2018 news conference with Donald Trump led to shock when the then USA president cast doubt on the findings of his own intelligence agencies and flattered the Russian leader.

Biden met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson before the G7 and has been engaged in working sessions with all six of the other world leaders that comprise the group.

As for the G7 leaders, they all agree on "principles and values", a USA official told Bloomberg, so they're mostly on the same page, further evidenced by an agreement Saturday to back an infrastructure plan that would serve as an alternative to China's belt and road initiative. The initiative is described as "a values-driven, high-standard, and transparent infrastructure partnership led by major democracies".

The G-7 countries have approved the US-backed "B3W Project" to counter China's Belt and Road Initiative, President Xi Jinping's dream project.

Closer to home for the G7 hosts, Johnson came under concerted pressure in separate meetings with the leaders of France, Germany and the European Union to respect his Brexit commitments over Northern Ireland.

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Beijing has been accused of imposing forced labor on an estimated 1 million Uyghurs and other minorities, as well as torture, forced birth control and family separations.

One official noted that the G7 nations will also discuss the problems with China's practice of forced labor in Xinjiang. One said it will catalyze hundreds of billions of dollars-from G-7 countries and the private sector-for low- and middle-income countries.

Suga said addressing the issue of North Korea's past abductions of Japanese nationals is a top priority for his government and called for "full understanding and cooperation" on the matter, to which his G-7 counterparts agreed, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry. In late 2019, China said all people in the camps had "graduated".

In a "Nature Compact" to be released Sunday with the G7's final communique, they will commit to almost halving their carbon emissions by 2030 - relative to 2010 - as well as vowing to halt and reverse biodiversity loss.

Biden and Putin plan on meeting this week, after Biden finishes participating in a Group of 7 summit. Only Biden will address the news media after the meeting. The White House announced Saturday that they will not hold a joint news conference afterward, which removes the opportunity for comparisons to the availability that followed Trump and Putin's 2018 Helsinki summit, in which Trump sided with Moscow over his own intelligence agencies.

On Saturday's foreign policy agenda, this year's coup in Myanmar and crackdown on pro-democracy supporters in Belarus are expected to figure, alongside tensions with Russian Federation and China.

"That's a different kind of person, and it is my great hope that yes, there are some advantages, some disadvantages, but there will not be any impulse-based movements, on behalf of the sitting United States president", he added.

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