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Taiwan says will be ‘force for good’ after unprecedented G7 support
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.99   time to read: +2 min
Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERSTaiwan will be a “force for good” and continue to seek even greater international support, the presidential office said, after the Chinese-claimed island won unprecedented backing from the Group of Seven of major democracies. Taiwan and G7 member countries share basic values ​​such as democracy, freedom, and human rights, he added. Taiwan will continue to deepen its partnership with G7 states and other like-minded countries and strive for greater support from the international community, he said. Taiwan will also "firmly contribute the greatest force for good" for peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, Chang added. While most countries, including G7 members, have no formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan, the grouping along with other Western allies have been bolstering their backing for the island.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau, Scott Morrison, Angela Merkel, Cyril Ramaphosa, Moon Jae, Leon Neal, Xavier Chang, Chang Organizations: British, Canadian, Australia's, REUTERS, Sunday, World Health Organization, Thomson Locations: U.S, German, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, REUTERS Taiwan, China, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan Strait, Taiwan
United States President Joe Biden's plan to unite Washington's closest allies and take on China just scored a big political win. The G7 confronted China on just about every sore spot, from allegations of human rights abuses and forced labor in Xinjiang to ongoing political disputes over Hong Kong, Taiwan and the South China Sea. China still fired back against the statement, accusing the G7 of deliberately slandering China" and "arbitrarily interfering in China's internal affairs." Under Biden, the United States recently expanded a ban on American investment in dozens of Chinese firms. In his statement reported by Xinhua, the Chinese President said it was important to "maintain overall social stability and create a good atmosphere for the Party's centenary."
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Scholz told Reuters that opinion polls suggested the SPD was "within striking distance" of its rivals. With France, Scholz drove efforts to introduce a global corporate minimum tax and new tax rules for tech giants. "But it was blocked by the real estate lobby which has the CDU/CSU parliamentary group firmly under its thumb," Scholz told Reuters. If we don't do this right now, we will jeopardize the foundations of our prosperity," Scholz told an audience in Berlin. As chancellor, Scholz would increase the minimum wage, tighten rent controls and maintain high public investment in greener and more digital infrastructure.
Persons: Angela Merkel, Olaf Scholz, Fabrizio Bensch, Chancellor Angela Merkel's, Merkel, Armin Laschet, Scholz, Albrecht von Lucke, Laschet, Lucke Organizations: REUTERS, German, CDU, CSU, Greens, Social Democrats, we'll, International Monetary Fund, Free Democrats, Belarus, Thomson Locations: Berlin, Germany, Warburg, Gaza
Germany's Merkel hopes for G7 infrastructure plans in 2022
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
CARBIS BAY, England (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday said she hoped that a new Group of Seven task force can present first infrastructure projects in developing countries in 2022. German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a plenary session during G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 13, 2021. The G7 had recognised that they had to deliver support for the development of poorer countries, Merkel said at a news conference. “I hope that we will be able to present such projects already during the next G7 summit, which will be in Germany.”Germany will take over the G7 presidency from Britain next year. It also pledged support of $100 billion annually for developing countries to support them in their fight against climate change, for which Germany raised its contribution promises.
Persons: Angela Merkel, Phil Noble, China’s, Joe Biden, Merkel, , Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters Locations: CARBIS BAY, England, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, Germany, ” Germany, China
G7 split on reallocating $100 billion IMF funds to COVID-hit nations
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERSCARBIS BAY, England (Reuters) - Group of Seven leaders were trying to resolve differences over a proposal to reallocate $100 billion from the International Monetary Fund’s warchest to help countries struggling to cope with the COVID-19 crisis. An almost final version of the G7 communique seen by Reuters showed Germany and Italy had yet to back the inclusion of the $100 billion figure in the final statement by leaders. The IMF’s members agreed in April to a $650 billion increase in IMF’s Special Drawing Rights and the G7 countries are considering whether to reallocate $100 billion of their rights to help poor countries fight the COVID pandemic. SDRs are the IMF’s reserve asset, and are exchangeable for dollars, euros, sterling, yen and Chinese yuan or renminbi. Member states can loan or donate their SDR reserves to other countries for their use.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau, Yoshihide Suga, Charles Michel, Mario Draghi, Scott Morrison, Angela Merkel, Cyril Ramaphosa, Moon Jae, Leon Neal, Kristalina Georgieva Organizations: British, Canadian, European, Australia's, Seven, International Monetary, Reuters, IMF Locations: U.S, Japanese, Italian, German, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, CARBIS BAY, England, Germany, Italy
Live G7 Live Updates: World Leaders Face Critical Climate Questions On the final day of the meeting of the world’s wealthiest large democracies, nations are working to reach consensus on plans to limit carbon emissions. President Biden will meet with Queen Elizabeth II later on Sunday. Beyond that point, climate change is expected to have extreme and irreversible consequences. President Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, with Queen Elizabeth II in Cornwall on Friday. President Biden with Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain before their meeting on Thursday.
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Germany's Laschet vows to raise military spending if elected
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Tobias Schwarz/Pool via REUTERSGermany must increase military spending and take on a greater share of military burdens within NATO, the conservative candidate to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor said in a newspaper interview on Sunday. Laschet, backed by Merkel's conservatives to run for chancellor at the Sept. 26 election, said he would ensure that Germany, Europe's largest economy, meets the alliance's spending target of 2% of gross domestic product. "When we have agreed something internationally, we should stick to it", he told Welt am Sonntag (WamS). He said the Bundeswehr, the federal armed forces, should take on more responsibility in Africa, around the Mediterranean and in Mali. read moreBut the Greens reject the two percent NATO target as they deem it costly and arbitrary.
Persons: Armin Laschet, Tobias Schwarz, Angela Merkel, Welt, Emmanuel Macron Organizations: Christian Democratic Union, CDU, REUTERS, NATO, Atlantic Treaty Organization, Bundeswehr, Union, United Nations, Sunday, Democrats, CSU, Greens, Green Party, Thomson Locations: Saxony, Anhalt, Berlin, Germany, REUTERS Germany, Brussels, China, Russia, Europe's, Africa, Mali, Sahel, Bavarian
G-7 nations agree to boost climate finance, details missing
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
Alongside plans billed as helping speed infrastructure funding in developing countries and a shift to renewable and sustainable technology, the world's seven largest advanced economies again pledged to meet the climate finance target. A spokesman for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said individual nations were expected to set out the size of the increases "in due course." There was a clear push by leaders at the G-7 summit in southwestern England try to counter China's increasing influence in the world, particularly among developing nations. "As democratic nations, we have a responsibility to help developing countries reap the benefits of clean growth through a fair and transparent system. The G-7 has an unprecedented opportunity to drive a global Green Industrial Revolution, with the potential to transform the way we live."
Persons: Angela Merkel, Ursula von der Leyen, Emmanuel Macron, Yoshihide Suga, Queen Elizabeth II, Justin Trudeau, Boris Johnson, Mario Draghi, Charles Michel, Joe Biden, Japan —, Johnson Organizations: Canadian, British, European, United, The, Reuters, Industrial Locations: Italian, The Eden, St Austell , Cornwall, England, United States, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan
Factbox: China, climate and vaccines - what the G7 agreed this weekend
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
CLIMATE CHANGE - The G7 said it would meet a long overdue funding pledge of $100 billion a year by rich countries to help poorer ones cut emissions and cope with global warming. The G7 also promised to halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030. read moreCOVID VACCINES - Leaders agreed to donate 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses over the next year to poorer countries. RUSSIA - The G7 demanded Russia take action to halt cyber attacks that demand ransoms from businesses in the West. read moreBIDEN AND THE WORLD - Biden was welcomed with open arms by the other G7 leaders after the isolationist stance of Donald Trump. "It’s great to have a U.S. president who’s part of the club and very willing to cooperate," France's Macron said.
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Against the backdrop of the global pandemic, world leaders met in person for the first time since the coronavirus shut down travel. (L-R) German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Queen Elizabeth II, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, President of the European Council Charles Michel, and US President Joe Biden. It was the first time the heads of these countries met in person since the pandemic shut down travel more than a year ago. The G7 leaders last met in person in France in August 2019, nearly two years ago. In addition to the seven countries normally present, others like South Africa, South Korea, India, and Australia received invitations to attend virtually the 47th Summit.
Persons: Angela Merkel, Ursula von der Leyen, Emmanuel Macron, Yoshihide Suga, Queen Elizabeth II, Justin Trudeau, Boris Johnson, Mario Draghi, Charles Michel, Joe Biden, Jack Hill, Joe Biden — Organizations: Canadian, British, European Locations: Italian, Cornwall, England, France, South Africa, South Korea, India, Australia
Although Britain's decision to leave the European Union is not officially on the G-7 agenda at the two-day gathering by the sea in Cornwall, England, a diplomatic feud over Northern Ireland, the only part of the U.K. that borders the 27-nation bloc, continued to escalate. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson held separate meetings with both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday. "The Good Friday Agreement & peace on the island of Ireland are paramount," European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tweeted after meeting Johnson at the G-7 on Saturday. President Macron and I stand together, ready to take on the toughest challenges we face. pic.twitter.com/OSnbdMLxa1 — President Biden (@POTUS) June 11, 2021The issue looks unlikely to be resolved before the G-7 seaside summit concludes on Sunday and shows that Brexit remains an underlying fracture among European allies, even as Biden hopes to strengthen cooperation over China.
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"I think we can sort it out but ... it is up to our EU friends and partners to understand that we will do whatever it takes," Johnson told Sky News. NO NARROWING OF POSITIONSThe province has an open border with EU member Ireland so the Northern Ireland protocol was agreed as a way to preserve the bloc's single market after Britain left. "Both sides must implement what we agreed on," von der Leyen, European Commission president, said after meeting Johnson alongside Michel, the European Council president. Germany’s Merkel said the two sides could find pragmatic solutions on technical questions, while the EU protected its single market. The head of the World Trade Organization said she hoped the tensions would not escalate into a trade war.
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Patrick Semansky/Pool via REUTERSThe Group of Seven will seek to rival China’s multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative on Saturday by announcing a global infrastructure plan to help developing nations, a senior official in U.S. President Joe Biden's administration said. More than 100 countries have signed agreements with China to cooperate in BRI projects like railways, ports, highways and other infrastructure. "So tomorrow we’ll be announcing ‘build back better for the world,’ an ambitious new global infrastructure initiative with our G7 partners that won’t just be an alternative to the BRI," the official said. In March, Biden said he had suggested to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, hosting the G7 summit, that democratic countries should develop their own rival scheme. There were no specifics on how the global infrastructure scheme would be funded.
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Patrick Semansky/Pool via REUTERSThe Group of Seven richest democracies on Saturday sought to counter China's growing influence by offering developing nations an infrastructure plan that would rival President Xi Jinping's multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative. "This is not just about confronting or taking on China," a senior official in Biden's administration said. More than 100 countries have signed agreements with China to cooperate in BRI projects like railways, ports, highways and other infrastructure. As part of the G7 plan, the United States will work with the U.S. Congress to supplement existing development financing and to "collectively catalyze hundreds of billions of dollars of infrastructure investment," the White House said. The Chinese foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the G7 infrastructure proposal or the U.S. official's remarks about forced labour.
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Patrick Semansky/Pool via REUTERSThe Group of Seven richest democracies on Saturday sought to counter China's growing influence by offering developing nations an infrastructure plan that would rival President Xi Jinping's multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative. "This is not just about confronting or taking on China," a senior official in Biden's administration said. It was not immediately clear how exactly the plan would work or how much capital it would ultimately allocate. More than 100 countries have signed agreements with China to cooperate in BRI projects like railways, ports, highways and other infrastructure. As part of the G7 plan, the United States will work with the U.S. Congress to supplement existing development financing and to "collectively catalyze hundreds of billions of dollars of infrastructure investment", the White House said.
Persons: Justin Trudeau, Charles Michel, Joe Biden, Yoshihide Suga, Boris Johnson, Mario Draghi, Emmanuel Macron, Ursula von der Leyen, Angela Merkel, Patrick Semansky, Xi Jinping's, Xi, Biden, U.N Organizations: Canadian, European, Japan's, Italy's, Seven, Initiative, U.S, Congress, United, Thomson Locations: U.S, British, Carbis Bay, Britain, England, China, Asia, Europe, Communist China, Beijing, United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, Carbis, Soviet Union, War, Washington, Xinjiang
President Joe Biden and Queen Elizabeth II met and chatted at a G7 reception in Cornwall on Friday. First lady Jill Biden and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton also met and took a trip to a local school. President Joe Biden and Queen Elizabeth II met in England on Friday at an event for world leaders attending the Group of Seven summit in Cornwall this weekend. The president and First Lady Jill Biden were photographed chatting with Queen Elizabeth at a reception following the first session of the summit which kicked off Friday. Photo by Jack Hill - WPA Pool / Getty ImagesThe Bidens are set to visit Windsor Castle on Sunday for a private audience with Queen Elizabeth II.
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Ludovic Marin | AFP | Getty ImagesWASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will press G-7 leaders to take concrete steps to counter China's rising global influence on Saturday, the second day of the annual summit. The Biden administration also plans to work with Congress to increase U.S. contributions to the G-7's Development Financing Toolkit. Biden administration aides insist that the project is not about making countries choose between the United States and China. "This is about offering an affirmative, alternative vision and approach that they would want to choose," a second administration official told reporters during a briefing on Friday. But rather than press G-7 leaders to flatly condemn China's treatment of Uyghurs, Biden will take a more diplomatic approach.
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Patrick Semansky/Pool via REUTERSThe Group of Seven rich nations will announce on Saturday a new global infrastructure plan as a response to China’s belt and road intiative, a senior official in U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration said. "But until now we haven't offered a positive alternative that reflects our values, our standards and our way of doing business." China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure scheme launched in 2013 by President Xi Jinping involving development and investment initiatives that would stretch from Asia to Europe and beyond. More than 100 countries have signed agreements with China to cooperate in BRI projects like railways, ports, highways and other infrastructure. "So tomorrow we’ll be announcing ‘build back better for the world,’ an ambitious new global infrastructure initiative with our G7 partners that won’t just be an alternative to the B and I (Belt and Road)," the official said.
Persons: Justin Trudeau, Charles Michel, Joe Biden, Yoshihide Suga, Boris Johnson, Mario Draghi, Emmanuel Macron, Ursula von der Leyen, Angela Merkel, Patrick Semansky, Joe Biden’s, Xi, Biden, we’ll Organizations: Canadian, European, Japan's, Italy's, Initiative, British, U.S, Thomson Locations: U.S, British, Carbis Bay, Britain, United States, China, Beijing, Asia, Europe, England, Xinjiang
EXCLUSIVE Macron offers UK's Johnson 'Le reset' if he keeps his Brexit word
  + stars: | 2021-06-12 | by ( Michel Rose | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
French President Emmanuel Macron offered on Saturday to reset relations with Britain as long as Prime Minister Boris Johnson stands by the Brexit divorce deal he signed with the European Union. At a meeting at the Group of Seven rich nations in southwestern England, Macron told Johnson the two countries had common interests, but that ties could improve only if Johnson kept his word on Brexit, a source said. "The president told Boris Johnson there needed to be a reset of the Franco-British relationship," the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said. "This can happen provided that he keeps his word with the Europeans," the source said, adding that Macron spoke in English to Johnson. But London says the protocol is unsustainable in its current form because of the disruption it has caused to supplies of everyday goods to Northern Ireland.
Persons: Emmanuel Macron, Boris Johnson, Macron, Johnson, Angela Merkel Organizations: European Union, Britain, EU, Franco, Northern, Ireland, United, Thomson Locations: Britain, France, England, British, Northern Ireland
UK PM stands firm on post-Brexit trade, calls for pragmatism
  + stars: | 2021-06-12 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stood firm in his position on post-Brexit trade with Northern Ireland in talks with French, German and European Union leaders on Saturday, urging "pragmatism and compromise" to find a solution. But the spokesman said the so-called Northern Ireland protocol, part of the Brexit deal which covers trade with the British province, had been raised in talks with Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU leaders on Saturday. "It's important to stress again, with Macron and Merkel a number of issues were raised ... The PM (prime minister) in all cases (expressed) confidence in the UK's position as regards to the Northern Ireland protocol and the desire for pragmatism and compromise on all sides," the spokesman said. The prime minister and President Macron agreed on the need to deepen the bilateral relationship between the UK and France ... there was no dependence placed on that linked to the protocol."
Persons: Boris Johnson, Ursula von der Leyen, Charles Michel, Emmanuel Macron, Johnson, Macron, Angela Merkel, Merkel Organizations: Britain's, European, Northern Ireland, European Union, EU, PM Locations: Carbis Bay, Cornwall, British, Northern, Britain, France, England, Northern Ireland, German
The European Union told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday that he must implement the Brexit deal that he signed to ensure the delicate peace in Northern Ireland and that the 27-member bloc was completely unified on that position. "There is complete EU unity on this," she said, adding that the deal had been agreed, signed and ratified by both Johnson's government and the EU. The 1998 peace deal largely brought an end to the "Troubles" - three decades of conflict between Irish Catholic nationalist militants and pro-British Protestant "loyalist" paramilitaries in which 3,600 people were killed. French President Emmanuel Macron offered to reset relations with Britain as long as Johnson stands by the Brexit deal. The pro-British "unionist" community in Northern Ireland province say they are now split off from the rest of the United Kingdom and that the Brexit deal that Johnson signed therefore breaches the 1998 peace deal.
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But when Mr. Trump showed up in Hamburg two years later — this time Ms. Merkel was heading an expanded Group of 20 summit — she was confronted with a new American president uninterested in multilateralism. She struggled just to include language about the Paris Climate Accord in the final declaration, while Mr. Trump quit meetings early and left his seat to chat with Mr. Putin. She is definitely not interested in a showy farewell. Her office repeatedly batted away repeated questions by reporters before her departure from Germany over whether there would be any acknowledgment of her swan song. One issue that she put front and center in 2015 is missing this year: Gender.
Persons: Trump, Merkel, Putin, Ms, Schmucker, Organizations: Paris Climate Accord Locations: Hamburg, Paris, , Cornwall, Germany
Live G7 Live Updates: Biden and Putin Won’t Hold a Joint News Conference The news came as the annual Group of 7 leaders summit is underway in Cornwall, England, with the pandemic, climate change, China and Russia on the agenda. A U.S. official said that a solo press conference by President Biden would be “the appropriate format to clearly communicate with the free press” after meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin next week. Credit... Doug Mills/The New York Times After President Biden meets his Russian counterpart on Wednesday, the two men will not face the press at a joint news conference, United States officials said on Saturday. Now, under Mr. Biden, the biggest and most powerful member of the club has moved back toward consensus positions, though conflicts remain. Last year’s summit was canceled because of the pandemic, making this gathering the first in-person G7 Leaders’ Summit in almost two years.
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German Green leader wants new policy to aid industry in CO2 reduction
  + stars: | 2021-06-12 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.90   time to read: +2 min
Germany's Green Party co-chairwoman Annalena Baerbock smiles after being nominated as the party's chancellor candidate during a party convention in Berlin, Germany, June 12, 2021. Michael Sohn/Pool via REUTERSThe German Green Party will seek to support the country's industry on its road to cutting carbon emissions by ensuring the state helps meet any additional costs companies incur, its leader Annalena Baerbock said on Saturday. On the second day of a party conference to approve the party's election programme, Baerbock said industry in Europe's leading economy would receive binding assurances on the support on offer. "We are proposing a new deal to German industry. The conference supported Baerbock and co-leader Robert Habeck's leadership with 98.5% approval, in a 473 to six vote and four exemptions.
Persons: Annalena Baerbock, Michael Sohn, Baerbock, Robert Habeck's, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Organizations: Germany's Green Party, German Green Party, Greens, Friday, Thomson Locations: Berlin, Germany, Europe's
G7 reaches consensus on China dumping, human rights abuses -U.S. official
  + stars: | 2021-06-12 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.73   time to read: +1 min
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, U.S. President Joe Biden, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in attend a working session during G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 12, 2021. Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERSG7 leaders have reached consensus on the need for a shared approach to China selling exports at unfairly low prices and to human rights abuses, a senior official in the U.S. President Joe Biden's administration said on Saturday. "I would say there was unanimity in terms of a willingness to call out human rights abuses and violations of fundamental freedoms that invoke our shared values," the official said. "There was commitment to take action in response to what we're seeing." The official said the G7 had moved far from three years ago when the final communique made no mention of China.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau, Scott Morrison, Angela Merkel, Cyril Ramaphosa, Moon Jae, Leon Neal, Joe Biden's Organizations: British, Canadian, Australia's, REUTERS, Seven, World Trade Organization, Thomson Locations: U.S, German, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, China, United States
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