So here’s what’s scheduled for Friday in Cornwall: Biden, Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson will push for the group to collectively donate one billion doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to developing countries. In the same vein, Johnson will push for a “Marshall Plan for the climate” as well as broader efforts for a global economic recovery that reduces inequalities. China is about to discover that when you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.
Speaking of menus: chefs will be served velvet crab, Dover sole, haggis mousse and pineapple grass (think wild chamomile) by Ugly Butterfly, a service that uses the discarded food to reduce waste.
A note from the benches: Journalists found the organization of the summit unusually cumbersome – in large part due to complications from Covid, in part due to cicadas – there is even a Cornwall hotel housing journalists that is closing after an outbreak of Covid.
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Everyone is smiling and Jill Biden was literally carrying her ‘LOVE’ for Europe, but what are the unseen tensions as leaders arrive in Cornwall to kick off three days of the G-7?
White House Correspondent and Deputy Editor
Biden is eager for the United States to pick up the torch of world leadership, but he will find that a lot has changed in the past four years. Other countries, mainly European allies, including Britain, France and Germany, have attempted to fill the void left by the United States on a variety of issues, ranging from thwarting nuclear ambitions to the ‘Iran in the fight against climate change, and they may not be keen on giving it up. Power.
Pauline de Saint Rémy
Author of the Paris book
Emmanuel Macron does not intend to give up the role he played when Trump was in power: to hold the walls of a multilateral system abandoned by the United States. At a press conference at the Elysee Palace yesterday, he showed that the trauma of the Trump years is still there, and that Europe is still hearing guard against the vagaries of American moods.
Chief Correspondent in Brussels
Publicly, European leaders applauded Biden’s decision to breathe new life into America’s global reputation, but they also bristled given that for over a year the United States effectively banned vaccine exports while working to inoculate its own population. The EU’s Ursula von der Leyen used a press conference to repeatedly praise how the EU had been the world’s largest exporter of vaccines, and called the announcement of Biden’s vaccine donation “potential.”
senior correspondent in UK
Biden and Boris Johnson were denied the total love they tried to make after Time from London reported that Washington’s top diplomat in London summoned a British minister earlier this month to offer a reprimand on the UK’s management of the Northern Ireland Protocol. In public Biden played well on Brexit,
China is the elephant in the room. Biden wants a hard and united front, but the French government wants Europe to develop its own Chinese policy in a spirit of “strategic autonomy” instead of following the American example. Angela Merkel is less interested in exposing Beijing’s human rights violations than in increasing car sales. But Beijing has shaken up a once positive atmosphere with Europe by sanctioning MEPs.
How will we know if Biden is having a good summit?
Foreign Affairs Correspondent, WASHINGTON DC
Biden is a regular at summits, and the fact that he first sees a group of allies before heading to meet Russian leader Vladimir Putin is intentional. This will partly warm him up ahead of Putin’s meeting, but it is also a democratic show of force towards China and Russia. If you see Biden laughing, patting people on the shoulders, and nodding with smiles, it means he’s feeling pretty good. A still, stern Biden might signal that all is not great.
Kumar: Biden of course has important meetings in Cornwall and Brussels, but in the United States he will likely be judged by Putin’s meeting. His administration has played down the possibility of any major political deal, which is all the more why Biden will be judged on how he handles the criticism he already receives for suggesting the reunion in the first place.
Each leader arrives with a priority or a pet peeve – what’s the weak point of your capital?
Restoring unity in the club of great democracies is a big deal for a country like Canada. Trudeau and Canadian officials are focusing on three Cs: Covid-19, China, and the climate. They believe the G-7 will make progress in challenging China in areas like human rights, and they will work to advance commitments on democracy, gender and oceans.
Webber: Johnson wants to make progress on climate change, with an eye on the upcoming UK summit, COP26. Oh and, according to the London Playbook, he’ll see it as a failure if he doesn’t make Biden laugh.
Author of Global Translations
If the French Macron is this OTT in public, the leaders must prepare for a really special show in private. Macron is hyperactively pushing for more coordinated global Covid-19 action – on everything from vaccine donations to funding health systems. He has also gone where Biden has not dared: publicly telling Boris Johnson that he is “not serious” about the way he is handling Brexit.
Kumar: Biden has repeatedly stressed that his foreign policy will strengthen his domestic policies, directly benefiting average Americans at home. The concept isn’t completely new to him, as we wrote this week, but it’s a concept that some observers say he’s focusing more on now because he’s trying to appeal to the installment. working class voters who helped him win in 2020.
What do you think of Biden’s pledge to send 500 million doses of Pfizer vaccine around the world?
global health correspondent
America is back, and now she has the vaccines to prove it. It’s a big move that will put pressure on other wealthy countries to step up their vaccine donation game, and it flies in the face of Chinese and Russian vaccine diplomacy to the countries. poor, who could not afford them or found themselves at the back of the pack for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Total US donations of 580 million doses eclipse China’s 23 million and Russia’s 187,000.
The next real test: Dealing with the need for Pfizer vaccines for ultra-cold storage: We’ve already seen poor countries destroy or return doses of AstraZeneca because they couldn’t use them before the expiration date.
Toosi: Honestly, that sort of had to happen, didn’t it, for this White House to have any credibility with the developing world? You can’t accuse Donald Trump of walking away from world leadership and then not making a move like this. And don’t be surprised if countries are demanding even more from the United States down the line. How the Biden administration later reacts to such demands will be very interesting.
Kumar: I totally agree with Carmen and Nahal. If Biden wants the United States to become a leader, he has to step up. Health organizations and human rights groups have pushed the United States to do more. This decision is an example for other countries to follow.
Heather: Allies like Belgium – home to Pfizer’s largest factory – are irritated by the way this is going. The Belgian prime minister told me that months of Biden prioritizing the production of American vaccines and controlling the exports of vaccine raw materials had undermined global production. Now they are worried about the prolonged disruptions to these very sensitive supply chains, as Biden insists on manufacturing the given doses at home. ”
Webber: Determined not to be outdone, the UK has announced it will send 100 million vaccines to the world. The amount is not as big as the signal it sends: Boris Johnson is currently being criticized nationally, from all political backgrounds, for slashing Britain’s aid budget from 0.7% to 0.5% of national income. This allows him to claim that he is not as withdrawn as his detractors claim.
Is this New Atlantic Charter worth the paper it’s written on?
Toosi: The document is not as boring as these documents tend to be. It definitely looks quite modern and forward thinking. However, this phrase interests me: “We will work through the rules-based international order to jointly address global challenges.” This is the kind of thing that tends to pique Moscow and Beijing, which have a different view of “rules” and “international order”.
Webber: The charter may be full of lofty ideals and vague overtures, but as a symbol it is quite useful. Both administrations are looking to stabilize the boat after Trump’s turbulent years, and it’s a good way to give that effort some weight. The document serves to highlight a real area of agreement – the need for democracies to stick together as a counterweight to China and Russia – but cannot completely distract from the current tension over Ireland. North.
Now that all the G-7 leaders are on the ground in Cornwall, it is time for the special guests to arrive: the leaders of India, South Africa, South Korea and the Australia. It’s all part of Boris Johnson’s plan to give the G-7 a boost, ultimately turning the group into a D-10 or D-11, with the D standing for democracy.
We will meet again in a few hours to conclude the great first day.