The leaders may be gone, but What happens in Cornwall stays in Cornwall, at least when it comes to Covid outbreaks.
- 1 Which parts of the G7 communiqué did you particularly notice?
- 2 Where did the leaders land when it came to pushing back China?
- 3 How do the leaders sell the summit at home?
- 4 How will Biden and other leaders consider the G-7 results in this week’s NATO, EU-U.S. and Putin summit?
Which parts of the G7 communiqué did you particularly notice?
Esther Webber, UK Senior Correspondent:
Boris Johnson admitted that the world’s richest economies had failed to secure a widely advertised 1 billion doses of vaccine for shipping to developing countries. The final communiqué states that the group will administer 870 million doses over the next year.
The China sections are the most important. You didn’t get that far as the US would have liked, but after long and intense debates the Europeans have moved closer to America’s position. The language about a “green revolution” is pretty strong – a lot of details are missing, but there are plenty climate activists to beat the leaders with if they don’t deliver. And it’s a big deal for the G-7 to agree to “preserve or protect at least 30 percent of our land and oceans by 2030”. Some of the other texts rolled my eyes: “Freer, fairer trade in a reformed trading system” for example: what does that even mean?
Myah Ward, Breaking News Reporter:
The G-7 states called for a “timely, transparent, expert-led and scientifically sound investigation called by the WHO” into the origins of Covid-19, including in China. The WHO’s first attempt at an investigation – published in March – called a laboratory leak “extremely unlikely”, but China did not allow access to important documents, and Foreign Minister Antony Blinken this morning called the investigation “very poor”. The US government is still split between two original theories.
Where did the leaders land when it came to pushing back China?
Stuart Lau, EU-China Correspondent:
While many of the G-7 countries had previously raised concerns individually against China, the collective document is document a diplomatic victory for Bidenwho took office in January hoping to win Europe over to a more confrontational stance on Beijing.
Jakob Hanke, trade correspondent:
Angela Merkel told POLITICO that the European Union will only ratify its investment agreement with China if Beijing makes “significant progress” on workers’ rights. The G-7 appealed to China for its use of forced labor among the up to one million Uyghurs and other minorities who have been detained without a fair trial. Merkel was one of the main proponents of the deal, that was hit last year while Germany’s EU Council Presidency.
pagan: Biden said he was satisfied with the China text, noting that China was not mentioned at the last meeting of G-7 leaders in 2019, and this time the group explicitly condemned human rights violations in XinJiang and Hong Kong. “I think you will see that China is straightforward to deal with,” said Biden
Sue Allan, Canada Editor:
Justin Trudeau used his final presser to reach a consensus at the table – and in bilateral negotiations – that he condemned the arbitrary detention of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig and called for their immediate release. He said Canada has advocated a common approach to addressing China’s “challenges”.
How do the leaders sell the summit at home?
Allan: Trudeau told reporters that this weekend’s work “will be felt long after the newspapers you write for have been used to wrap fish” (sorry, Justin, this article is digital only), adding, “The G-7 is more united than ever. “He said Canada’s G-7 Summit 2018 has produced many good results – billions in Upbringing girls and Plastic cleanups in the ocean ocean – they were dwarfed by “A tweet from an airplane.”
Rym Momtaz, Senior Correspondent, France:
Macron told reporters “we have talked constantly about our collective ability to protect the model of open liberal societies. This model is in jeopardy ”because democracies were not effective enough for their own middle class.
Pagan: It is basically the French version of Biden’s “foreign policy for the middle class”.
How will Biden and other leaders consider the G-7 results in this week’s NATO, EU-U.S. and Putin summit?
Nahal Toosi, foreign correspondent:
These peaks seem to blur into one another, which is not exactly helpful in distinguishing the effects from one another. In my honest opinion, the most important thing is whether a sense of camaraderie and trust can be built between the US and its partners during the sessions.
If France’s Emmanuel Macron believes he can work with Joe Biden in the G-7 context, this could be helpful in the NATO context. It would be foolish to expect complete agreement on everything, as the G-7 has already shown. But that is normal in international diplomacy. Of course, the Biden summit with Vladimir Putin is an outlier, but even then, the US and its allies will send a message of multiple (even imperfect) unity summits to Russia in advance.
Pagan: You’re in the right place on Nahal. This is what Biden telegraphed at his last press conference in Great Britain. That democracies compete with autocratic governments and have to organize if they want to win, and this summit week is the beginning of this organization. Relations between the US and Russia are terrible, but it doesn’t get any better if democracies can’t hold a unified line. Putin doesn’t respond to weakness.
David M. Herszenhorn, chief correspondent in Brussels:
The G7s still have juice and are not afraid to expand their list of common interests. But there are more and more restrictions on the club: from polarized domestic politics to a reluctance to commit to specific and urgent measures – be it a timetable for the coal phase-out, quick global vaccinations or the functioning of the WTO.
Pagan: Joe and the Juice – that should be branded by someone. 😉
Momtas: Macron was on a similar line as Biden. He said “At stake is the credibility of this group and the credibility of our democratic societies, ”he believes that these summits can put the leading democracies back on a credible path. “I think we were able to develop an effective dynamic.”
And that’s a wrap from the British Isles – next stop Brussels. See you tomorrow morning.