Mr. Biden, on his first international trip as president, was set to meet with the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.K. in the first face-to-face gathering of the G-7 since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Leaders from other major democracies—South Korea, South Africa and Australia—will attend while Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate via video link because of the Covid-19 pandemic raging through his country.
The summit will also be one of the first major diplomatic outings for Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and one of the last for German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The leaders can “appear as superheroes to save the world,” says Robert Yates, a project director at think tank Chatham House.
The G-7, however, makes up a shrinking share of the world economy: When it emerged in 1975, its members made up 70% of the global economy.
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