President Joe Biden visited Europe on Wednesday on his presidency’s first international trip which coincides with the European Union’s recent reopening of its borders to vaccinated tourists.
During the eight-day tour, Biden will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, visit Queen Elizabeth II, and attend the Group of Seven, or G-7, summit in Cornwall, England, June 11-13. This is the first time the summit has met in nearly two years and the first meeting in the post-Donald Trump era.
What is the G-7? Here’s what you need to know:
Which countries are part of the G-7?
The informal intergovernmental group is made up of the seven largest and most advanced economies in the world. Leaders from France, Germany (formerly West Germany), Italy, Japan, UK, and US began meeting at a host location in 1975. Canada joined them the following year.
Russia became an official member in 1997, but its membership was suspended indefinitely seven years ago for occupying and annexing Crimea to Ukraine. The “G-8” became the G-7 again in 2014.
What is the G-7 doing?
The group generally meets once a year to discuss major global economic issues. The economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic are // on the agenda this year with climate change, defense and security and the restoration of diplomacy that some European allies lacked during the administration of the former President Donald Trump.
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What will Biden be talking about at the G-7?
The president will announce that the United States will purchase and donate 500 million doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. Global Vaccine Alliance COVAX will distribute doses to 92 low and lower middle income countries and the African Union.
The leaders will also discuss China’s growing influence in the global economy and potential threats to national security posed by the Chinese government.
In a June 5 editorial posted online by the Washington Post, Biden said global democracies must protect advanced technologies from illicit use.
“The world’s great democracies will provide a high-level alternative for China to modernize physical, digital and health infrastructure that is more resilient and supports global development,” he wrote.
Biden added, “As new technologies fundamentally reshape our world, exposing vulnerabilities like ransomware attacks and creating threats like invasive AI-based surveillance, the world’s democracies must together ensure that our values govern the use and development of these innovations. not the interests of the autocrats. ”