G7 summit to open soon in Cornwall, England

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 11, 2021

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is being criticized for flying to the Group of Seven summit meeting in Cornwall, rather than taking the train, as he presses world leaders to do more to fight global warming.

On Friday, he took his place alongside the leaders of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Canada and the European Union to pose for a photo marking the start of the G7 summit. Other leaders, including Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide, arrived on Thursday and Friday.

G-7 leaders will also discuss Friday boosting the reserves of the International Monetary Fund by up to $100 billion to support the neediest countries as they recover from the coronavirus pandemic, the White House said.

The White House heralded the agreement as critical to building an "equitable" tax system and to ending the so-called "race to the bottom" - countries competing over who can offer the lowest tax rates to big corporations - that often comes at the expense of workers.

The mood of multilateral cooperation surrounded Biden's debut appearance at the summit, which serves as a stark departure from prior summits in recent years, as former President Donald Trump's skepticism of multilateralism in favor of his "America First" approach to foreign policy rattled the global norms that have long made such summits predictable affairs.

On the eve of the summit, Biden, who is making his first foreign trip as president, announced that the USA will purchase 500 million doses from Pfizer and will supply half of all the vaccines set to be shared globally.

"It's wonderful to listen to the Biden administration and to Joe Biden because there's so much that they want to do together with us from security, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to climate change", Johnson said.

"It's fantastic", he said. "A lot of things they want to do together".

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