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World Biden to get warm welcome from relieved but wary allies

14:10  08 june  2021
14:10  08 june  2021 Source:   msn.com

Biden and his aviators greet queen on a sunny afternoon

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LONDON (AP) — When U.S. President Joe Biden flies to Europe this week, he will find his hosts welcoming but wary. His predecessor Donald Trump may be gone, but he leaves a long shadow.

FILE - In this March 16, 2021, file photo, President Joe Biden waves from the top of the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. On Biden’s first foreign trip as president, he will find many of his hosts in Europe welcoming but wary after a tense four years between Europe and the U.S. under former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this March 16, 2021, file photo, President Joe Biden waves from the top of the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. On Biden’s first foreign trip as president, he will find many of his hosts in Europe welcoming but wary after a tense four years between Europe and the U.S. under former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Biden’s first foreign trip as president starts Wednesday and includes a gathering of the Group of Seven wealthy nations by the seaside in southwest England, a NATO summit, a meeting with European Union chiefs, and then a tete-a-tete in Geneva with his Russian counterpart and adversary, Vladimir Putin.

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For most of America’s allies, Biden is a relief. Trump often sowed chaos, accusing the NATO military alliance of leeching off the United States, insulting the European Union and storming out of a G-7 summit in Canada in 2018. In contrast, Biden has stressed his support for international diplomacy and emphasized “America’s renewed commitment to our allies and partners” in a recent Washington Post article.

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2019, file photo, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, front left, speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump, front right, after a group photo at a NATO leaders meeting at The Grove hotel and resort in Watford, Hertfordshire, England. For most of America’s allies, Biden is a relief. Trump often sowed chaos, accusing the NATO military alliance of leeching off the United States, insulting the European Union and storming out of a G-7 summit in Canada in 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2019, file photo, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, front left, speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump, front right, after a group photo at a NATO leaders meeting at The Grove hotel and resort in Watford, Hertfordshire, England. For most of America’s allies, Biden is a relief. Trump often sowed chaos, accusing the NATO military alliance of leeching off the United States, insulting the European Union and storming out of a G-7 summit in Canada in 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)

“I think we can expect to see lots of rhetoric and lots of good-vibe messages in this first visit of Biden to Europe,” said Renata Dwan, deputy director of international affairs think tank Chatham House.

Biden and his aviators greet queen on a sunny afternoon

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But she added that five months into Biden’s term, “it’s time to be more than ‘not Donald Trump.’”

Biden has already mended some fences with America’s allies. The U.S. has rejoined the Paris climate accord that Trump renounced, ended a minor trade war with the EU over aviation rivalry and is backing attempts to revive a deal meant to limit Iran's nuclear ambitions that Trump abandoned.

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2019 file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron, center left, U.S. President Donald Trump, center right, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, fourth left, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, second left, Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, second right, and European Council President Donald Tusk attend session on © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2019 file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron, center left, U.S. President Donald Trump, center right, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, fourth left, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, second left, Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, second right, and European Council President Donald Tusk attend session on "International Economy and Trade, and International Security Agenda" during the G-7 summit in Biarritz, southwestern France. For most of America’s allies, Biden is a relief. Trump often sowed chaos, accusing the NATO military alliance of leeching off the United States, insulting the European Union and storming out of a G-7 summit in Canada in 2018. (Philippe Wojazer/Pool Photo via AP, File)

“America is back. And we are happy you are back,” European Council President Charles Michel told Biden in March, when the president joined a video summit of EU leaders.

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Yet it’s not all smooth sailing, especially for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is hosting the first G-7 summit in two years this weekend at the Carbis Bay resort in Cornwall.

Johnson wants to use the U.K.’s G-7 presidency to inject new purpose into the wealthy nations’ club — undermined by Trump’s unilateralism and sideswiped by the coronavirus pandemic — and to burnish the international image of a post-Brexit “Global Britain.”

He’s happy with Biden’s commitment to fighting climate change that should help give momentum to November’s COP26 global climate summit in Scotland. And Biden’s promise to start sharing coronavirus vaccines with poorer countries — something aid agencies say should have happened sooner — chimes with Johnson’s call for G-7 leaders to ensure the whole world is vaccinated by the end of 2022.

FILE - In this April 22, 2021 file photo, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson listens to U.S. President Joe Biden, on screen, during the opening session of the virtual global Leaders Summit on Climate, as he sits in the Downing Street Briefing Room in central London. On Biden’s first foreign trip as president, he will find many of his hosts in Europe welcoming but wary after a tense four years between Europe and the U.S. under former President Donald Trump. (Justin Tallis/Pool Photo via AP, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this April 22, 2021 file photo, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson listens to U.S. President Joe Biden, on screen, during the opening session of the virtual global Leaders Summit on Climate, as he sits in the Downing Street Briefing Room in central London. On Biden’s first foreign trip as president, he will find many of his hosts in Europe welcoming but wary after a tense four years between Europe and the U.S. under former President Donald Trump. (Justin Tallis/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Closer to home, the British leader hopes Biden will agree to a trans-Atlantic travel corridor to help business and tourism recover from the pandemic. And he is seeking a U.K.-U.S. trade deal, touted by the British government as a plum post-Brexit economic prize.

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FILE - In this April 22, 2021 file photo, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the opening session of the virtual global Leaders Summit on Climate, as he sits in the Downing Street Briefing Room in central London. Johnson is happy with U.S. President Joe Biden’s commitment to fighting climate change and Biden’s promise to start sharing coronavirus vaccines with poorer countries. But Johnson will struggle to make progress on a U.S.-U.K. trade deal, which is not a Biden priority. (Justin Tallis/Pool Photo via AP, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this April 22, 2021 file photo, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the opening session of the virtual global Leaders Summit on Climate, as he sits in the Downing Street Briefing Room in central London. Johnson is happy with U.S. President Joe Biden’s commitment to fighting climate change and Biden’s promise to start sharing coronavirus vaccines with poorer countries. But Johnson will struggle to make progress on a U.S.-U.K. trade deal, which is not a Biden priority. (Justin Tallis/Pool Photo via AP, File)

But he has hurdles to overcome. A trade deal is not a Biden priority, and Johnson will have to work hard to charm a president who once called the prime minister a “physical and emotional clone” of Trump.


Video: Biden to confer with Europe allies, confront Putin (Associated Press)

Biden has criticized Brexit, and is particularly concerned about its impact on Northern Ireland. Because of its land border with EU member Ireland, Northern Ireland has been given a special economic status that is causing friction between the U.K. and the bloc and heightening political tensions within Northern Ireland.

Biden, keenly aware of the key role the U.S. played in bringing about the Good Friday peace accord that ended decades of violence in Northern Ireland, has warned there will be no trade deal with Britain if Brexit undermines the peace deal.

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There are tensions and divergences among U.S. and its other the allies, too. Biden has begun to rebuild ties with NATO, left angry and bewildered by Trump’s unilateralism and his ambiguous relationship with Russia’s Putin. Biden reassured the alliance that the U.S. backed NATO’s doctrine of collective defense and would come to the rescue in the face of Russian aggression.

FILE - In this April 22, 2021 file photo, U.S. President Joe Biden is seen on a screen as European Council President Charles Michel attends a virtual Global Climate Summit via video link from the European Council building in Brussels. On Biden’s first foreign trip as president, he will find many of his hosts in Europe welcoming but wary after a tense four years between Europe and the U.S. under former President Donald Trump. (Johanna Geron/Pool Photo via AP, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this April 22, 2021 file photo, U.S. President Joe Biden is seen on a screen as European Council President Charles Michel attends a virtual Global Climate Summit via video link from the European Council building in Brussels. On Biden’s first foreign trip as president, he will find many of his hosts in Europe welcoming but wary after a tense four years between Europe and the U.S. under former President Donald Trump. (Johanna Geron/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Britain and EU politicians generally support Biden's call for a “stable and predictable” relationship with Russia, but have low expectations of a breakthrough from his meeting with Putin.

But the U.S. still wants NATO’s European members and Canada to spend more on defense — a constant Trump refrain, now taken up by Biden, if in a more muted way.

And while Washington informed its allies about its decision to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, the news came “late in the day,” said Dwan, the analyst from Chatham House.

There is also continuing U.S-European friction over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline bringing gas from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea. A persistent irritant between the U.S. and Germany during the Trump years, the pipeline still faces bipartisan U.S. opposition over concerns it makes Europe more dependent on Russia, though Biden has sought to take some of the heat out of the issue.

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FILE - In this April 22, 2021 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate as U.S. President Joe Biden, on the screen, speaks, in Moscow, Russia. Biden’s first foreign trip as president takes in a Group of Seven leaders’ meeting by the seaside in southwest England, a NATO summit and a meeting with European Union chiefs in Brussels and a tete-a-tete in Geneva with his Russian counterpart and adversary, Putin. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik/Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this April 22, 2021 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate as U.S. President Joe Biden, on the screen, speaks, in Moscow, Russia. Biden’s first foreign trip as president takes in a Group of Seven leaders’ meeting by the seaside in southwest England, a NATO summit and a meeting with European Union chiefs in Brussels and a tete-a-tete in Geneva with his Russian counterpart and adversary, Putin. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik/Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

And European nations are more cautious than the U.S. about confronting and curbing an increasingly assertive, economically surging China.

Dwan said European nations are eager “not to be caught in the middle of a of a bipolar tension. Europe knows how that looks and feels.”

Even Britain, which has excluded Chinese firms from its 5G network and opened its doors to thousands of people from Hong Kong as Beijing squeezes the territory’s freedoms, is cautious about the tough U.S. approach. Johnson has stressed that he is not a “knee-jerk Sinophobe” and wants to engage with China.

Thomas Gift, director of the Center on U.S. Politics at University College London, says that for all Biden’s warm words for allies, his priorities remain at home: vaccinating the U.S. out of the pandemic, reviving the COVID-battered economy and renewing the United States’ aging infrastructure.

FILE - In this May 24, 2021 file photo, European Council President Charles Michel speaks with the media as he arrives for an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels. Joe Biden’s first foreign trip as U.S. president takes in a Group of Seven meeting by the seaside in southwest England, a NATO summit and a meeting with European Union chiefs in Brussels and a tete-a-tete in Geneva with his Russian counterpart and adversary, Vladimir Putin. “America is back. And we are happy you are back,” Michel told Biden in March, when the president joined a videoconference summit of EU leaders. (Olivier Hoslet/Pool Photo via AP, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this May 24, 2021 file photo, European Council President Charles Michel speaks with the media as he arrives for an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels. Joe Biden’s first foreign trip as U.S. president takes in a Group of Seven meeting by the seaside in southwest England, a NATO summit and a meeting with European Union chiefs in Brussels and a tete-a-tete in Geneva with his Russian counterpart and adversary, Vladimir Putin. “America is back. And we are happy you are back,” Michel told Biden in March, when the president joined a videoconference summit of EU leaders. (Olivier Hoslet/Pool Photo via AP, File)

"He’s largely governing as a domestic president,” Gift said.

And he said the discord of the Trump years have made America’s allies look differently at the United States.

“I think public opinion in Europe has soured to an extent on the United States,” Gift said, including concern about whether it's a reliable partner. “But I think European leaders, by and large, are eager to work with the U.S. They still understand that it is the most important global superpower — even if some of that power is getting eaten up by a rising China.”

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Associated Press writers Lorne Cook in Brussels, Angela Charlton in Paris and Geir Moulson in Berlin contributed to this story.

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Biden’s own stated aim of a “foreign policy for the middle class,” however aspirational, reflects self-awareness that international priorities need to deliver for voters at home. The G-7 and Biden's subsequent meetings with NATO and the EU will be important for resetting the tone of international relations. But transformational foreign policies will still be constrained by domestic politics and national interests.Thomas Gift (@TGiftiv) is associate professor and director of the Centre on US Politics at University College London (UCL) (@CUSP_ucl).

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