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UPDATE 1-Sterling takes British reopening delay in its stride
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.91   time to read: +2 min
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce a delay of four weeks to his February roadmap, under which his government signalled that all social restrictions to control the spread of the disease would be lifted “no earlier” than June 21. Sterling, which has been one of the best performing currencies in 2021 as investors bet on a strong British economic rebound, hovered just below recent highs. The euro was 0.2% stronger against the pound at 85.96 pence , still stuck within the range of the past two months. ING analysts said a delay to the easing of restrictions was expected and investors were more focused on economic data. Britain’s relatively rapid COVID-19 vaccination rollout and signs of a strong economic rebound have bolstered sterling in recent months and encouraged investors to bring forward their expectations for some limited monetary tightening.
Persons: Sterling, Boris Johnson, , Andrew Bailey, Tommy Wilkes, Alexander Smith, David Goodman Organizations: LONDON, Sterling, ING, Bank of England Locations: Britain, COVID
Sterling takes British reopening delay in its stride
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.93   time to read: +2 min
Sterling, which has been one of the best performing currencies in 2021 as investors bet on a strong British economic rebound, hovered just below recent highs. Against the dollar it dipped 0.1% to $1.4093, while the euro was 0.2% stronger versus the pound at 85.94 pence . ING analysts said the delay was expected and that investors were more focused on economic data. Britain’s relatively rapid COVID-19 vaccination rollout and signs of a strong economic rebound have bolstered sterling in recent months and encouraged investors to bring forward their expectations for some limited monetary tightening. The BoE gathers for its next policy meeting on June 24.
Persons: Sterling, Boris Johnson, , Andrew Bailey, BoE, Tommy Wilkes, Alexander Smith Organizations: Britain, Sterling, ING, Bank of England Locations: COVID
GENEVA—With U.S.-Russian relations at a post-Cold War low, Wednesday’s summit between President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin is gearing up to be a showdown between two leaders who have long been at odds. Both sides have indicated they plan to use the summit in Geneva to project strength on the global stage and have lowered expectations that it will lead to a thaw in relations between Washington and Moscow. “It’s about making myself very clear what the conditions are to get a better relationship with Russia,” Mr. Biden told reporters after the Group of Seven summit of wealthy democracies Sunday in Cornwall, England. “We’re not looking for conflict—we are looking to resolve those actions which we think are inconsistent with international norms.”In an interview with NBC released Friday, Mr. Putin said the U.S. and Russia “have a bilateral relationship that has deteriorated to its lowest point in recent years.”Mr. Biden said on Sunday, “To be clear, I think he’s right; it’s a low point.”
Persons: Biden, Vladimir Putin, , ” Mr, Putin, Russia “, Organizations: GENEVA, U.S, NBC Locations: Geneva, Washington, Moscow, Russia, Cornwall, England, U.S
Biden Tries to Rally G-7 Leaders to Challenge China
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( Max Colchester | Andrew Restuccia | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
CARBIS BAY, England—Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy democracies called on China to respect human rights but stopped short of an outright condemnation of Beijing, as President Biden sought to build momentum for an international coalition to counter Chinese influence in the world. The statement is unlikely to have any immediate practical effect. While it named Beijing despite some initial concerns from several European leaders that forceful language might antagonize China, the U.S. didn’t succeed in naming China in a section of the statement condemning forced labor practices. French President Emmanuel Macron said that he was eager to continue to engage with China on issues such as climate change. “That is unchanged,” he said, adding that nations needed to treat China with respect.
Persons: Biden, , China “, , didn’t, Emmanuel Macron, Mario Draghi, Locations: CARBIS BAY, England, China, Beijing, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, U.S, Italian
NATO welcomes Biden in ‘pivotal’ post-Trump summit
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( Robin Emmott | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
NATO leaders hope to open a new chapter in transatlantic relations at a summit with U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday, agreeing to focus on tackling climate change for the first time as well as facing up China’s military rise. Described as a "pivotal moment" by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, the summit aims to turn the page on four tense years with Biden's predecessor Donald Trump, who shook confidence in the Western alliance by calling it "obsolete". 1/4 Banners displaying the NATO logo are placed at the entrance of new NATO headquarters during the move to the new building, in Brussels, Belgium April 19, 2018. But foremost in leaders' minds, diplomats say, is a need to hear Biden recommit the United States to NATO's collective defence after the Trump era. Trump's confrontational rhetoric towards allies from 2017 to 2019 at NATO summits created an impression of crisis, envoys said.
Persons: Joe Biden, Jens Stoltenberg, Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, Biden, Vladimir Putin, Yves Herman, Trump Organizations: NATO, REUTERS, European Leadership Network, Thomson Locations: Brussels, Cornwall, England, Geneva, Belgium, Crimea, Moscow, United States, Russia
Wealthy nations in the Group of Seven have agreed to set up an infrastructure plan to compete with China's Belt and Road Initiative — but that won't stop Beijing's massive program, an expert on global economic governance said Monday. Leaders from the G-7 nations met at a three-day summit in southwest England that ended Sunday — their first face-to-face meeting in two years. The group's infrastructure plan is part of a broad collective pushback against China on issues ranging from human rights abuses to non-market practices that undermine fair competition. "This isn't really intended to stop Belt and Road. The Belt and Road Initiative is China's ambitious program to build physical and digital infrastructure to connect hundreds of countries from Asia to the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
Persons: Matthew Goodman, Xi, Goodman, who's, CNBC's Organizations: Seven, Initiative, Sunday, Washington D.C, Strategic, International Studies, CSIS Locations: England, China, Asia, East, Africa, Europe
UK's Boris Johnson to extend Covid-19 restrictions in England, reports say
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( Elliot Smith | ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Boris Johnson is expected to announce a delay to the next phase of England's reopening of up to four weeks on Monday, amid a surge in the delta variant of Covid-19 first discovered in India. People will also be advised to continue working from home where possible, according to reports. More than 70 million vaccine doses have been administered across the U.K., with around 80% of the country having now received at least one dose. But a PHE paper in late May showed that the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines were only 33% effective against the delta variant after a single shot. Johnson told Sky News on Saturday that he was prepared to be "cautious" in order to avoid any future reintroduction of lockdown measures.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Johnson Organizations: Public Health, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sky News Locations: India
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."
Persons: Joe Biden's, Washington's, Xi, Donald Trump, Trump, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Yoshihide Suga, Queen Elizabeth II, Justin Trudeau, Mario Draghi, Joe Biden, Biden, China's mercantilist, Alex Capri, Hinrich, , Xi Jinping, Qu Yuan Organizations: CNN, US, United, Washington, Embassy, Canadian, Trump, Huawei, Hinrich Foundation, National University of Singapore, Mecrator Institute of China Studies, Eurasia Group, CNN . Rescue, Xinhua, Communist Locations: China, States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South China, Taiwan Strait, London, Italian, St Austell , Cornwall, England, Beijing, Europe, United States, Britain, Asia, Korea, New Zealand, China's Hubei Province, China's Hubei, Zhangwan, Shiyan, Heilongjiang province, Shenzhen, Hubei, Tianjin
"G7 leaders have utterly failed to face up to the challenges facing the world," said Nick Dearden, director of campaign group Global Justice Now. This summit proves beyond all doubt that the G7 is not fit for purpose," Dearden said. In a note Monday, Paul Donovan, chief economist at UBS Global Wealth Management, referred to the G-7 as a "selfie summit." "The main focus of the G7 meeting (the photo opportunity) seemed to go well. Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists take part in the "Sound The Alarm" march during the G7 summit in Cornwall on June 11, 2021 in St Ives, Cornwall, England.
Persons: Charles Michel, Joe Biden, Yoshihide Suga, Boris Johnson, Mario Draghi, Leon Neal, Nick Dearden, Dearden, Paul Donovan, Donovan, Jeff J Mitchell Organizations: European, Japanese, Italian, Getty, Hong, Sino, U.S, of British Industry, Global, EU, European Commission, European Council, UBS Global Wealth Management, WHO, World Trade Organization Locations: U.S, British, Carbis, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, China, England, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Australia, India, South Korea, United States, St Ives, South Africa, Switzerland, Norway, Brazil
Vodafone joins forces with Dell, Samsung, others for Open-RAN development
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.57   time to read: 1 min
A branded sign is displayed on a Vodafone store in London, Britain May 16, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall/File PhotoMobile and broadband operator Vodafone (VOD.L) has selected six partners to build Europe's first commercial open RAN (radio access network), it said on Monday. It said Dell Technologies (DELL.N), NEC (6701.T) Samsung (005930.KS), Wind River, Capgemini Engineering and Keysight Technologies (KEYS.N) would help it build one of the largest Open RAN networks in the world. Vodafone said the partnerships would build on its new Open RAN lab in Newbury, southern England, and its planned digital skills hubs in Malaga, Spain, and Dresden, Germany. Mobile operators and governments want to encourage the development of Open RAN technology to help more vendors enter a market dominated by Huawei, Ericsson (ERICb.ST) and Nokia (NOKIA.HE).
Persons: Neil Hall Organizations: Vodafone, REUTERS, Mobile, Dell Technologies, NEC, Samsung, Keysight Technologies, RAN, Huawei, Ericsson, Nokia, Thomson Locations: London, Britain, Newbury, England, Malaga, Spain, Dresden, Germany
Covid Live Updates: England Is Expected to Pause Reopening
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( Stephen Castle | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is likely to announce a delay in lifting all coronavirus restrictions as scientists study the danger posed by the spread of the Delta variant. It was unclear whether Mr. Johnson would allow any of the remaining restrictions to be eased. “Clearly, what you’ve got is a race between the vaccines and the virus, and the vaccines are going to win,” Mr. Johnson told the BBC on Sunday. For days, ministers have been debating whether to opt for a four-week delay or to limit it to two weeks. Since people can still go to pubs, restaurants and stores, albeit with social-distancing restrictions, the impact of the delay will be somewhat blunted.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Suzie Howell, Johnson, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Critics, you’ve, ” Mr, “ It’s Organizations: The New York Times LONDON, Telegraph, BBC, Time Industries Association Locations: Poole ,, England, India, Britain
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson seen correcting US President Joe Biden at this weekend's G7 summit. Biden wrongly suggested Johnson hadn't introduced South African president Cyril Ramaphosa. The UK Prime Minister appeared to twice wave away the president's interruptions. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was seen correcting US President Joe Biden at this weekend's G7 Summit in Cornwall, England, after the president interrupted him to wrongly suggest that Johnson had failed to introduce South Africa's president at a roundtable of world leaders. It was not clear from footage of the incident whether Biden had not heard Johnson introduced President Ramaphosa or whether he was unaware of his name and therefore had not realized that Johnson had already introduced him.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, Biden, Johnson hadn't, Cyril Ramaphosa, Johnson, , Brown, Narendra Modi, Ramaphosa, Max Lawson Organizations: UK, Guardian Locations: Cornwall, England, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, United States, South Africa
England’s delayed reopening is expected to have a ‘minor’ economic impact.
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( Eshe Nelson | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
“If a delay materializes as reported, we think the economic significance should be minimal,” analysts at UBS wrote. That month, the economy grew 2.3 percent from the previous month, and was just 3.7 percent smaller than it was before the pandemic. As businesses have learned to adapt to restrictions — for example, as more restaurants have begun offering takeout service — the economic impact of each lockdown has been smaller. The third phase of the reopening has a smaller economic impact than the first two, “so even if it is postponed it shouldn’t have a major impact on the outlook,” analysts at RBC Capital Markets wrote. UKHospitality said the prospects for many businesses were “grim” and urged the government not to delay reopening.
Persons: UKHospitality Organizations: UBS, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, RBC Capital Markets, Time Industries Association
Airline stocks have soared. They're not in the clear yet
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( Julia Horowitz | Cnn Business | ) edition.cnn.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
A version of this story first appeared in CNN Business' Before the Bell newsletter. You can sign up right hereLondon (CNN Business) Air travel in the United States is back. That's great news for airline stocks, which have rallied this year on hopes that domestic trips would make a return. The problem: Demand for business travel and long-haul flights, a crucial source of income, is still extremely depressed. What a difference a year makes, my CNN Business colleague Chris Isidore writes.
Persons: Darby LaJoye, months.has, American Airlines AAL, Ed Bastian, Bastian, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Joe Biden, Tesla, Elon Musk, bitcoin, Bitcoin, Musk, There's, General Motors GM Mary Barra, Chris Isidore, Morgan Stanley Organizations: CNN Business, Bell, Air, Transportation Security Administration, TSA, American Airlines, Brent, Easyjet, British Airways, IAG, Budget, Bank of America, GM, General Motors GM, Volkswagen Locations: London, United States, COVID, Europe, India, England, United Kingdom, China, Czech Republic, Qatar, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Barra
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund is exploring creation of a new trust that could allow its members to lend their IMF reserves to a broader range of countries, including middle-income countries vulnerable to climate change, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva said on Sunday. Georgieva said she would work with IMF members in the coming months on how they could re-allocate some of their SDRs or use budget loans to reach - or even exceed - the $100 billion goal. The previously unreported new trust could help broaden the effort and make funds available to more countries, and for broader initiatives, in line with global goals for combating climate change. The IMF already has a vehicle - the Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust - that allows members to share their IMF reserves, known as Special Drawing Rights, with the poorest countries. However, small island states and other middle-income countries that have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and significant economic downturns, are not eligible for funding through that IMF vehicle.
Persons: Kristalina Georgieva, Georgieva, ” Georgieva, Organizations: WASHINGTON, Monetary Fund, IMF, Sustainability Trust, Reuters, Sunday Locations: China, Cornwall, England, “ China
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The International Monetary Fund is exploring creation of a new trust that could allow its members to lend their IMF reserves to more countries, including middle-income countries vulnerable to climate change, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva said on Sunday. “This is a moral imperative and an economic necessity,” Georgieva said, adding that allowing the gap between rich and poor countries to continue to widen could also trigger unrest. “We have seen in the past that divergence that leads to more inequality, it creates a breeding ground for more instability in the world,” she said. The previously unreported new trust could help broaden the effort and make funds available to more countries, and for broader initiatives, in line with global goals for combating climate change. “It means that more countries with needs can get aid and resources to get through the pandemic,” he said.
Persons: Kristalina Georgieva, Ludovic Marin, REUTERS Georgieva, ” Georgieva, , Georgieva, Eric LeCompte Organizations: WASHINGTON, Monetary Fund, REUTERS, IMF, Sustainability Trust, Reuters, Sunday, Growth Trust, United Nations, Jubilee USA Locations: Paris, France, China, Cornwall, England, “ China
LONDON — They met Friday at the Group of Seven summit, but President Joe Biden and the first lady had an altogether more private meeting with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday, at her home in Windsor Castle. The monarch, 95, received the Bidens for tea at her historic residence, about 30 miles west of London. The queen has stoically continued with her official duties since then and met Biden alongside other world leaders and their spouses on Friday at the G-7 summit, by the seaside in Cornwall, southwest England. Biden first met the queen in 1982 as a Democratic senator for Delaware but this time he joined her as president. After a state visit in 2019, Trump told Fox News: "There are those that say they have never seen the queen have a better time."
Persons: Joe Biden, Queen Elizabeth II, Biden, Prince Philip, stoically, Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson, Harry S, Truman, Donald Trump, Trump, Jill Biden, Catherine , Duchess of Cambridge, Kate, Lilibet Diana, Prince Harry, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, , Vladimir Putin Organizations: Democratic, Washington , D.C, Windsor Castle, Fox News, NBC, NBC News, Sunday, NATO Locations: Windsor Castle, London, American, Windsor, Cornwall, England, Delaware, Britain, Washington ,, California, Brussels, Switzerland
France's Macron says G7 is not hostile towards China
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.85   time to read: 1 min
CARBIS BAY, England, June 13 (Reuters) - The G7 group of nations may have its differences with China over issues such as forced labour and human rights, but it is not a club that is hostile to the Asian economic powerhouse, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday. “China is an economic rival from whom we expect the full respect of (international trade) rules,” Macron told a news conference at the end of a summit of G7 leaders in Britain.
Persons: Emmanuel Macron, ” Macron Locations: CARBIS BAY, England, China, Britain
Churchgoers in a seaside resort in England say they have been left “gobsmacked” when U.S. President Joe Biden and the first lady Jill Biden dropped in for a Sunday service. The Bidens are in Cornwall, southwest England, where the U.S. president is attending a Group of Seven wealthy democracies summit. On Sunday morning, ahead of the summit’s conclusion, they were seen attending mass at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in St. Ives. “It’s quite amazing, we went into the church and they took some details from us and I thought this is a bit unusual. I’m not sure I will ever get over this moment completely.”Gayle Wood, 63, said Biden appeared to make a “very generous donation” to the church before leaving.
Persons: Joe Biden, Jill Biden, St . Ives, , , Annie Fitzpatrick, Biden, I’m, ” Gayle Wood Organizations: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, NBC Locations: England, Cornwall, St .
LONDON — President Joe Biden and his fellow Group of Seven leaders agreed to donate 1 billion coronavirus vaccine doses to poorer countries over the next year, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told reporters as the summit wrapped up on Sunday. But the commitment falls far short of the 11 billion doses the World Health Organization said are needed to vaccinate at least 70 percent of the world's population. A plan to offer developing nations an infrastructure scheme that could rival China's huge Belt and Road initiative was also on the agenda. Greenpeace U.K. accused Johnson of producing "reheated old promises" and said it would take "nothing for granted" until nations came up with the money. As the host of the summit, the U.K. was on a charm offensive, deploying the royal family to meet world leaders on Friday.
Persons: Joe Biden, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Biden, Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron, David Attenborough, Attenborough, E.U, Brexit, Jill, Queen Elizabeth II Organizations: LONDON, Seven, British, World Health Organization, Gavi, Health Organization, NBC, Greenpeace, European Union, Royal Air Force Red Arrows, Sunday Locations: Carbis Bay, Cornwall, London, China, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, Beijing, Western, U.S, British, Northern Ireland, England, Windsor
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
G-7 Leaders Rally to Biden’s Call to Challenge China
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( Max Colchester | Andrew Restuccia | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
CARBIS BAY, England—Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy democracies on Sunday called on China to respect human rights as President Biden seeks to build an international coalition to counter Chinese influence. The statement called on China to respect human rights and freedom, particularly in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang and in Hong Kong. It also laid out plans to counter Chinese influence in developing nations with the G-7 clubbing together to fund infrastructure projects. The group of rich nations also called for a transparent probe into the origins of Covid-19. In Hong Kong, China has cracked down on opposition figures and stifled criticism, using a new security law that it has imposed on the former British territory.
Persons: Biden Locations: CARBIS BAY, England, China, Beijing, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, U.S
Britain raps EU for treating N.Ireland as separate country - Raab
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
CARBIS BAY, England, June 13 (Reuters) - British foreign minister Dominic Raab criticised the European Union on Sunday for treating Northern Ireland as if it was a separate country rather than part of the United Kingdom, and that approach was causing damage to the British province. “Various EU figures here in Carbis Bay, but frankly for months now and years, have characterised Northern Ireland as somehow a separate country and that is wrong. It is a failure to understand the facts,” he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme.
Persons: Dominic Raab, , Andrew Marr Organizations: European Union, Northern Locations: CARBIS BAY, England, European, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, British, Carbis Bay
China tells G7 leaders 'small' groups don't rule the world on final day of summit
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( ) www.nbcnews.com sentiment -0.73   time to read: +2 min
China on Sunday pointedly cautioned Group of Seven leaders that the days when "small" groups of countries decided the fate of the world was long gone, hitting back at the world's richest democracies which have sought a unified position over Beijing. "The days when global decisions were dictated by a small group of countries are long gone," a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in London said. "We always believe that countries, big or small, strong or weak, poor or rich, are equals, and that world affairs should be handled through consultation by all countries." The G7 are planning to offer developing nations an infrastructure scheme that could rival Xi's multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative. Beijing has repeatedly hit back against what it perceives as attempts by Western powers to contain China, and says many major powers are still gripped by an outdated imperial mindset after years of humiliating China.
Persons: Xi Jinping, Justin Trudeau, Xi's Organizations: Seven, Beijing, NBC, Canadian Locations: China, London, Soviet Union, England, United States, Canada, Britain, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, Carbis, People's Republic, Beijing
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