G7 confronts authoritarian threats from China and Russia
DW, 13 Jun 2021
Leaders of the wealthiest democracies have agreed on a plan to counter China's global influence. The first face-to-face G7 summit since the pandemic began has showcased a new found western unity. Day two of the talks in southwest England focused on holding back the rising power of authoritarian states such as China and Russia. The third and final day will wrap up with pledges of cash to help fight climate change.
Even environmental protesters who turned out to criticize the pace of climate action had words of welcome for the U-S president.
Tackling climate change is one of the issues French President Emmanuel Macron says will be easier now that Washington wants to partner up.
The spirit of cooperation is working for Biden as he won G7 support for the "Build Back Better World" initiative, which will mobilize public and private capital to help close a 40-trillion dollar infrastructure gap with developing countries.
The US wants to create a counter-weight to Chinese investment although German Chancellor Angela Merkel emphasized the plan is not against Beijing, it's for assisting poorer countries.
Merkel also called on her fellow G7 leaders to share more coronavirus vaccines with developing countries. The group is expected to finalize commitments to preventing future pandemics in their summit communique Sunday.
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