Trudeau says he discussed border with Biden, but no deal

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 14, 2021

How to deal with a more economically assertive and sometimes politically belligerent China dominated the official and unofficial dialogue among G7 leaders on Saturday, a senior government official said.

The official says Biden and Trudeau had a brief conversation where they discussed steps their countries are considering for a cautious reopening.

The official says he and Trudeau also spoke about the arbitrary detention of two Canadian citizens in China. "We must show solidarity as a group and act as a group".

The summit marks the first time the leaders have been able to meet in person since Biden took office after winning last fall's USA presidential election.

That's on top of the 80 million doses U.S. President Joe Biden committed to give away from the country's own supply.

The summit caps off months of meetings between the countries' political leaders.

Known as the "Belt and Road" initiative, the Chinese government has been financing the construction of key infrastructure projects - ports, railways and airfields - in strategic locations around the world with the intention of extending influence. "As partners, we must stand strong and united and at this week's summit, we agreed to the action needed to do just that", Trudeau told a televised news conference.

Canada is the only G7 country that has not yet officially laid out how many surplus doses it will send to countries lagging behind wealthy nations in the worldwide vaccination campaign.

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