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World Blinken in UK as G7 foreign ministers resume in-person talks

06:15  03 may  2021
06:15  03 may  2021 Source:   afp.com

Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Hong Kong and Xinjiang

  Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Hong Kong and Xinjiang Secretary of State Blinken on political repression in Hong Kong and human rights abuses in Xinjiang."When we see any country that is challenging that order, or trying to undermine it, we're going to do something about it. We're going to stand up in defense of it," Blinken commented.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken begins on Monday his overseas trip to discuss competition with China and post-pandemic recovery at the G 7 ministerial in the United Kingdom , before visiting Ukraine where he will press for reforms and reaffirm American support for the country amid its tensions wi .. Blinken plans to meet with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. His other bilaterals include talks with counterparts from Japan, South Korea, South Africa and Brunei.

The UK has invited India for an in - person G 7 foreign ministers meeting, for which FMs of Australia, South Korea, South Africa, and the Chair and Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have also been invited. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will also travel to London and a bilateral between the two is likely. This will be the first physical meet between the two ministers since the new Joe Biden administration took charge. "Secretary Blinken will attend the G 7 Foreign and Development Minister ’s Meeting in London, the United Kingdom , from May 3-5, 2021

Britain this week hosts the first face-to-face meeting of G7 foreign ministers in two years, joined by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, as world powers tackle pandemic recovery plus growing tensions with Russia and China.

a group of people standing next to a man in a suit and tie: The Covid-secure gathering in London attended by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will prepare the ground for a G7 summit in southwest England next month © Ben STANSALL The Covid-secure gathering in London attended by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will prepare the ground for a G7 summit in southwest England next month

The Covid-secure gathering in London will prepare the ground for a G7 summit in southwest England next month, which will mark Joe Biden's inaugural visit to Europe as US president. Both events will also be joined by Indian leaders.

Blinken says China acting 'more aggressively abroad' -'60 Minutes' interview

  Blinken says China acting 'more aggressively abroad' -'60 Minutes' interview Blinken says China acting 'more aggressively abroad' -'60 Minutes' interviewWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in an interview that aired on Sunday that China had recently acted "more aggressively abroad" and was behaving "increasingly in adversarial ways.

The G 7 foreign minister and development meeting is being held ahead of the leaders’ summit in Cornwall in June, which Indian PM Narendra Modi and US president Joe Biden will attend. As well as G 7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the US and UK , plus the EU) the foreign secretary The meeting will be hosted at a Covid-secure venue in the centre of London from Monday to Wednesday and will be its first in - person meeting in more than two years. Ministers will discuss tackling new global threats, defending democracy, protecting human rights, bold climate action and

Blinken will use today’s meetings to build consensus among state attendees on pushing back against Beijing ahead of tomorrow’s official meeting on China. Expect the G 7 to boycott Chinese cotton in a condemnation of Beijing’s usage of over one million ethnic Uighurs detained under the guise of counterterrorism, but effectively enslaved to produce cheap cotton. Building consensus in condemning Beijing’s human rights atrocities will likely come with ease. The UK accused China of genocide in Xinjiang on April 22 and global brands like H&M have continued their boycott of Chinese cotton.

Many of the G7 nations have rallied to India's aid as the world's most populous democracy confronts a terrifying surge of coronavirus cases, although the pandemic is ebbing elsewhere in the West thanks to mass vaccination drives.

After its Brexit withdrawal from the European Union, Britain is reorienting its foreign policy towards the Asia-Pacific region, and British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will also play host this week to ministers from Australia, South Korea and the ASEAN bloc.

In the face of Russian "lies and propaganda" over Ukraine and other fronts, Raab said he wants the G7 "to come together with a rapid rebuttal mechanism" against disinformation.

Blinken is en route to Ukraine this week pledging "unwavering" US support after Russian troops had massed on its border.

Blinken presents new N.Korea approach as G7 meets in person

  Blinken presents new N.Korea approach as G7 meets in person US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday opened the Group of Seven's first in-person talks in two years by presenting the new administration's fresh approach on North Korea, which has already denounced it. Britain said that talks were still continuing and denounced the "torture" of dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe after Iranian state television said that she could be released from years of detention after London settles an old debt. After the G7, Blinken will head Wednesday to Ukraine in a show of support after Russia last month deployed but then pulled back some 100,000 troops along its border and in annexed Crimea.

The G 7 foreign minister and development meeting is being held ahead of the leaders’ summit in Cornwall in June, which Indian PM Narendra Modi and US president Joe Biden will attend. As well as G 7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the US and UK , plus the EU) the foreign secretary has also invited Australia, India, the Republic of Korea, South Africa, and the chair of the ASEAN, to join Throughout the week Raab will host bilateral meetings with each of the G 7 foreign ministers and invited guests. On Monday Raab will meet US Secretary of State Antony Blinken .

Mr. Blinken will begin his trip with his first visit as secretary to London, the site of a Group of 7 foreign and development ministers ’ meeting that will lay the groundwork for a gathering of the leaders of the Group of 7 countries in Cornwall in June. The trip will be Mr. Blinken ’s third overseas since taking office as in - person diplomacy slowly resumes even as the coronavirus ravages much of the world. This month, he visited Brussels and Kabul, and in March he traveled to Asia and then met with Chinese officials in Alaska.

In bilateral talks Monday before the G7 ministers sit down to a working dinner, Raab and Blinken will discuss Afghanistan, China, Iran and trade, according to the British Foreign Office.

Like Russia, China also stands accused by Western intelligence of unleashing trolls on social media, and of using foreign-language arms of its state media to channel an aggressive line on issues such as the plight of Uyghurs in Xinjiang.

On China, the US expects the G7 "to discuss how we can work closely with our allies and partners to address our collective challenges from a position of strength", senior State Department official Erica Barks-Ruggles told reporters.

- Anger over aid cuts -

More generally, Raab said, "we'll be taking action to ensure fair access to vaccines around the world, setting global girls' education targets, agreeing ambitious action on climate change and developing new measures to prevent famine".

G7 pushes solidarity to tackle global threats

  G7 pushes solidarity to tackle global threats G7 foreign ministers meet in London for their first face-to-face talks in more than two years on Tuesday, with calls for urgent joined-up action to tackle the most pressing global threats. China, Myanmar, Libya, Syria and Russia are all on the formal agenda as the ministers from the club of wealthy democracies prepare for a leaders' meeting in Cornwall, southwest England, next month. They will also discuss violence in Ethiopia, Iran and North Korea, Somalia, the Sahel and western Balkans, as part of what London said were "pressing geopolitical issues that threaten to undermine democracy, freedoms and human rights".

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will fly to London for the G 7 Foreign and Development Ministers meeting next week and hold talks with UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, the British government said on Sunday. The Foreign , Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) said the first in - person summit of the It is a precursor to the UK -hosted G 7 Summit in Cornwall next month, to which Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been invited by his Prime Minister Johnson. During the ministerial summit next week, the UK as the host nation said it will seek to

Blinken arrived Sunday in London for a G - 7 foreign ministers meeting, and China is one of the issues on the agenda. In the interview, Blinken said the United States was not aiming to "contain China" but to "uphold this rules-based order — that China is posing a challenge to. Anyone who poses a challenge to that order, we're going to stand up and — and defend it." Biden has identified competition with China as his administration's greatest foreign policy challenge. In his first speech to Congress last Wednesday, he pledged to maintain a strong U.S. military presence in the Indo-Pacific and to boost

However, Britain is facing an outcry from campaigners after slashing its aid budget, with United Nations agencies including the children's arm UNICEF warning of a devastating impact for millions of people around the world.

But like others in the G7, Britain says it must cope with budget pressures brought on by enormous spending to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, even as the group promises funding towards equitable vaccine access for poorer countries.

The G7 groups Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, plus the EU. In addition to the Asia-Pacific guests, South Africa will attend this week and June's summit.

The last in-person meeting of foreign ministers from the world's leading economic powers took place in the seaside resort of Dinard, northwest France, in April 2019.

When the G7 ministers reconvene for formal talks on Tuesday and Wednesday, they will have an on-site testing facility and Perspex screens to separate them in meetings, and Britain has enforced limits on the size of each delegation.

"The meetings will be a demonstration of how to conduct diplomatic business safely and successfully as we recover from the pandemic," the Foreign Office said.

Britain is also gearing up to host the UN's next climate change summit, COP 26, in Glasgow in November.

"The pandemic and the climate crisis are the latest reminders that we are bound together in a global community," Barks-Ruggles said, after Biden restored the United States to global climate talks on replacing former president Donald Trump.

"Our history of shared values with our G7 partners will be a firm base as we work to meet these global challenges," the US official added.

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