Biden increased these stakes, shaping the moment as important as the years during and after World War II, when the United States, the United Kingdom and their allies worked together to help the world recover. An army mechanic from this war – Queen Elizabeth II – will join the leaders on Friday night for a reception.
Biden is already using his first trip abroad as president to announce the purchase of new vaccines for the developing world, likening it to US wartime efforts to build tanks and planes. And he sat down for his first face-to-face meeting with the British prime minister in a photo designed to replicate a historic World War II alliance.
He is trying to convey a message of unity after four years of shattered alliances with then-President Donald Trump. And while European leaders sigh with relief at the more traditional US presidency, differences remain.
Skepticism is also plentiful about the permanence of Biden̵
On Friday, Biden addresses the full G7 group, which consists of the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy and the United States.
His day will include the remarkable “family photo”, a symbolic moment for a president who has long sought a place in the club of world leaders. Biden’s wife, First Lady Jill Biden, said Thursday that her husband is currently training.
“She’s been studying for weeks, working for today,” she said. “He knows most of the leaders who will be here. Joe loves foreign policy. That’s his strength.”
He will later meet in closed session on the global recovery of the pandemic, a driving theme for leaders working urgently to pull their countries out of the grip of the worst global health crisis of a generation.
The global economy is at the top of the agenda, with the global tax rate and aid to countries in need coming to the fore. The White House said the effort would “build a fairer and more inclusive global economy” as world leaders gather in Cornwall.
The White House said Biden and G7 leaders would “discuss ways to build a fairer, more sustainable and inclusive global economy that meets the unique challenges of our time. President Biden and the G7 partners are committed to global recovery, which is beneficial to the middle class and working families at home and around the world. “
The group is expected to announce approval of a global minimum tax of at least 15%, led by Biden’s overhaul of the global tax system, after Finance Minister Janet Yellen and her fellow finance ministers announced an agreement on the issue earlier this month in London. .
“In times of trouble, Americans are reaching out to help. That’s us,” Biden said, describing his vaccination as “historic” and citing the tragedies of the U.S. pandemic along with the government’s “Herculean effort” to recover.
“America will be the arsenal of vaccines in our fight against Covid-19, just as America was the arsenal of democracy during World War II,” he said, later listening to tanks and planes built near the Pfizer plant. in Michigan during the war. “Now a new generation of American men and women … is committed to the latest technology to build a new arsenal.”
The United Kingdom was an old ally, including during the war, and Biden tried to emphasize these historical ties during his stay here.
The new document does not mention Russia or China by name, but mentions ongoing problems stemming from those countries, including disinformation campaigns and election interference.
“It’s been 80 years since the last one, it’s time to freshen up,” a senior administration official said before the signing, which took place during Biden’s individual talks with Johnson in Cornwall. “The original really outlined what the post-war world order could and should look like; this new charter will clarify what the next decades of the 21st century can and should look like.”
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