Trump delays G-7 summit, seeks to invite others to discuss China

02 Juin, 2020, 19:52 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Trump delays G-7 summit, seeks to invite others to discuss China

The G20 is a larger gathering of the world's major economies, which also includes China.

The White House initially announced in March that, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the G7 meeting set for June of the seven major industrial nations - Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan, along with the US - would be held by video conference instead of at Camp David. "We wouldn't support it being readmitted as a member of the group", he added.

In May, US National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien had said that the country was postponing the next G7 meeting in Washington until late June amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

It comes after Trump suggested that the former member could return along with the new arrivals of Australia, India and South Korea. With an assertive China round the corner, the U.S. is calling all like-minded countries to partner in dealing with Beijing. "Any attempts to seek a small circle against China is doomed to fail and is unpopular", he said. Secondly Russia is seen as an ally of China and has been critical of the United States in recent times. The president alleged Friday that China "instigated a global pandemic".

However, China has rejected all USA allegations of a cover up regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

The US is the worst-hit nation in the outbreak, clocking over 17 lakh infections and 1.03 lakh deaths.

Trump delays G-7 summit, seeks to invite others to discuss China

"However, Russia was removed from the G7 group of nations following its (2014) annexation of Crimea and we are yet to see evidence of changed behaviour which would justify its readmittance ..." At one point, he had given up on hosting the talks amid the raging pandemic.

The proposed "G11" meeting might also be held after the presidential election, he said.

French President Emmanuel Macron and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have indicated they will attend, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to do so.

Russian Federation had been invited to attend the gathering of the world's most advanced economies since 1997, but was suspended in 2014 following its invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea.

South Korea is aware of Mr Trump's invitation and will discuss the matter with the United States, a government official in Seoul told Reuters on Sunday. It's a very outdated group of countries.' " The President had turned the Quebec G7 summit on its head in June 2018, when he insisted Russian Federation should be brought back into the G8, whereupon he left Quebec City a day early, refusing to sign the final communiqué, and headed to Singapore for the groundbreaking meeting with North Korea's Chairman Kim Jong Un.

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