Biden to hold solo newser after Putin summit

Putin Says US-Russia Relations at Their Lowest Point in Recent Years

Then, as the day wore on, European Union officials questioned whether the framing should be about China's violations specifically or forced labor more broadly, according to a senior diplomat involved in the talks. But at the same time, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, specifically, have reportedly suggested they're anxious about Biden's camp taking things to the point that they could lose any cooperation from China.

"While we are still finalizing the format for the meeting with President Putin and his delegation, we can confirm a few details, including the plan for both a working session and a smaller session, as well as a solo press conference by President Biden following the meeting", a White House official said.

President Xi visited the country on a 2019 tour of Europe, with Italy's formal signing of Belt and Road deals the centrepiece of the trip.

The group of leading economies - Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States - will be largely consumed by the global health crisis at their gathering at a beachside venue in Cornwall, southwest England.

By the end of the day, a second USA official said the countries had bridged some of their differences on the communiqué language without offering specifics.

The provocative proposal is part of President Joe Biden's escalating campaign to get fellow democratic leaders to present a more unified front to compete economically with China in the century ahead, according to two senior administration officials who briefed reporters on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to discuss the plans for the seaside summit publicly.

Another human rights issue in play is whether to name specific Beijing detainees in the communiqué.

The theme of the G7 Summit this year is "Build Back Better".

As the two men sat outside in woven chairs at the edge of a broad beach, reporters asked Biden if he has convinced USA allies that America is back.

As part of the G7 plan, the United States will work with the U.S. Congress to supplement existing development financing and to "collectively catalyze hundreds of billions of dollars of infrastructure investment", the White House said.

The seven countries are more in line on the other area: global infrastructure funding.

The G7 countries have criticized Beijing for driving countries into debt with its Belt and Road loan offers, depriving them of much of the benefit of any new infrastructure or economic investment. It would be funded in part with existing US contributions to overseas infrastructure financing through the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

Putin, in an interview with NBC News, said the U.S. -Russia relationship had "deteriorated to its lowest point in recent years".

The U.S. official said until now, the West had failed to offer a positive alternative to the "lack of transparency, poor environmental and labour standards, and coercive approach" of the Chinese government that had left many countries worse off. "And, but he didn't come from the U.S. establishment, he had not been part of big time politics before, and some like it some don't like it but that is a fact".

"We have cooperation plans with Iran, including the military and technical cooperation", Putin said.

The leaders will vow to boost genomic sequencing capacity, and support reforms to strengthen the World Health Organization, according to Johnson's government, which like the U.S. wants China to allow new access to WHO experts to determine how Covid-19 first emerged.

Lemire reported from Plymouth, England.



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