We recently learned the average European is not especially gung-ho about a war with Russia.
But how about a war with China? Are they into that?
Leaders of the world’s largest economies on Saturday unveiled an infrastructure plan for the developing world to compete with China’s efforts, but the democracies didn’t immediately agree on how to publicly call out Beijing, including for its forced labor practices.
The proposal on labor practices 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. But while they agreed to work toward competing against China, there was less unity on how adversarial a position the group should take with Beijing.
Canada, the United Kingdom and France largely agreed with Biden’s exhortation to condemn China’s forced labor practices, while Germany, Italy and the European Union showed more hesitancy in Saturday’s first session of the Group of Seven summit, according to a senior Biden administration official who briefed reporters on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the plans publicly.
White House officials have said Biden wants G-7 leaders to speak in a single voice against forced labor practices targeting Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities. Biden hopes the denunciation will be part of a joint communique to be released Sunday when the summit ends, but some European allies are reluctant to so forcefully split with Beijing.
The League of Extraordinary Faggots
China had become one of the more compelling sublots of the wealthy nations summit on the freshly raked sand of Carbis Bay in southwest England for their first gathering since 2019. Last year’s gathering was canceled because of COVID-19, and recovery from the pandemic is dominating this year’s discussions, with members of the wealthy democracies’ club expected to commit to sharing at least 1 billion vaccine shots with struggling countries.
The allies also took the first steps in unveiling an infrastructure proposal dubbed “Build Back Better for the World,” a name echoing the American president’s campaign slogan. The plan calls for spending hundreds of billions of dollars in collaboration with the private sector while adhering to climate standards and labor practices.
Meanwhile, the true extinction-level threat lurks behind Western leaders’ backs.
It’s designed to compete with China’s trillion-dollar “Belt and Road Initiative,” which has launched a network of projects and maritime lanes that already snake around large portions of the world, primarily Asia and Africa. Critics say China’s projects often create massive debt and expose nations to undue influence by Beijing.
Britain also wants the world’s democracies to become less reliant on economic giant China. The U.K. government said Saturday’s discussions will tackle “how we can shape the global system to deliver for our people in support of our values,” including by diversifying supply chains that currently heavily depend on China.
Biden is supposed to have a meeting with Vladimir Putin.
That will really be something if they show that on TV.
No one understands how Grandpa Joe is talking to anyone about anything.
The scene with Macron was difficult to watch. Biden looked like he’d just shat his pants throughout the whole thing (which was short, he had to take a nap).
French President Emmanuel Macron to Joe Biden: “What we need is cooperation. I think it’s great to have a US President who is part of the club.”
I don’t know about you, but I thought an American President is supposed to LEAD, not be “part of the club”.
Of course, Biden nods. pic.twitter.com/RjzwwLQ8No
— Amy Tarkanian (@MrsT106) June 12, 2021
Is Putin going to play this kind of game with him? Pretend like it’s a serious thing to be talking to a man who can’t remember what year it is?
On my first foreign trip, we’re going to make it clear — the United States and the democracies of the world are standing together to tackle the challenges of our new age. pic.twitter.com/Mb0eDT00UK
— President Biden (@POTUS) June 10, 2021
Bootlicker Johnson actually praised the senile coot as “a breath of fresh air.”
Boris Johnson has described Joe Biden as a "breath of fresh air".
How anything can be fresh about Biden after 50 years spent in Washington is beyond me. pic.twitter.com/fqKZ7IZdOO
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) June 12, 2021
It was just announced that Biden and Putin will not appear publicly together.
Biden can then just say whatever he wants to say about the meeting, and the media won’t try to contradict him.