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G7 rivals China with grand infrastructure plan

G7 rivals China with grand infrastructure plan”

U.S. President Joe Biden plans to hold a press conference sans Russian President Vladimir Putin after the two meet next week.

China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure scheme that Xi launched in 2013, involving development and investment initiatives that would stretch from Asia to Europe and beyond.

A United States senior administration official said that Build Back Better for the World "won't just be an alternative to the BRI, but we believe will beat the BRI by offering a higher-quality choice".

While the US and its European allies agree on the need to aggressively address China's human rights behavior - even jointly sanctioning the country in March over its treatment of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang - they have diverged on what rhetoric to use toward Beijing, sometimes because of differing economic considerations.

French President Emmanuel Macron walks with US President Joe Biden in Carbis Bay, England, on June 11.

"I'm headed to the G7, then to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ministerial and then to meet with Mr. Putin to let him know what I want him to know", Biden said Friday, speaking at RAF Mildenhall airfield in Suffolk, England.

Leaders and their delegations were still negotiating the details of a communiqué expected to be released at the end of the summit.

Biden made "forceful comments" to G7 leaders about the need to make a strong statement on Washington and rights group say is the use of forced labour in China, but there was a "spectrum of how far different countries are willing to go" in their criticism in a final communique from the three-day summit, another US official said.

China denies all accusations of forced labour or abuse.

After an informal evening get-together - featuring a Royal Air Force aerobatics display, beach barbecue, firepit marshmallows and a Cornish troupe singing sea shanties - the leaders were to wrap up their three-day summit on Sunday.

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"We welcome the generous announcement made by G7 nations about donations of vaccines but we need more and we need them faster", he told reporters.

The U.S. came out early, telling reporters it would make a priority of singling out China's use of forced labor against the Uyghur and other minorities in Xinjiang in the text.

One official noted that the G7 nations will also discuss the problems with China's practice of forced labor in Xinjiang.

The UK government said Saturday's discussions would tackle "how we can shape the global system to deliver for our people in support of our values", including by diversifying supply chains that now heavily depend on China.

Beijing rejects allegations that it is committing crimes.

The G7 heads were also joined in person for the discussion on the coronavirus pandemic by the leaders of South Korea, South Africa and Australia.

In a "Nature Compact" to be released Sunday with the G7's final communique, they will commit to almost halving their carbon emissions by 2030 - relative to 2010 - as well as vowing to halt and reverse biodiversity loss. In 2019, France had invited India to attend the Biarritz Summit as a goodwill partner.

In an interview with NBC News, Putin described Biden as a "career man" who has spent his life in politics. The White House announced Saturday that they will not hold a joint news conference afterward, which removes the opportunity for comparisons to the availability that followed Trump and Putin's 2018 Helsinki summit, in which Trump sided with Moscow over his own intelligence agencies.

Putin, who has served as Russia's paramount leader since Boris Yeltsin resigned on the last day of 1999, said ahead of the meeting that relations with the United States were at their lowest point in years.

He added that while Trump was a "talented" and "colorful" person, Biden was a "career man" in politics, which has "some advantages, some disadvantages, but there will not be any impulse-based movements" by the US president.



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