January 17 – Britain is the rotating presidency of the Group of Seven (G7) this year. Prime Minister Johnson announced on Saturday (16th) that he will hold a G7 summit in Cornwall, England, from June 11 to 13 to discuss climate change, post-epidemic economic recovery and other issues.
According to Reuters on the 17th, Johnson said that the epidemic is undoubtedly the most destructive force and the biggest challenge today.
Johnson hopes to use the UK’s presidency of the G7 to reach a consensus that the global economy must recover from the coronavirus crisis in a free trade and sustainable way.
According to the report, the G7 is composed of the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, France, Italy, Canada and Japan. This summit will be the first physical summit in two years.
It was originally scheduled to be held at Camp David in the United States in 2020, but it was changed to a videoconference due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
Johnson also invited Australia, India and South Korea to participate in the summit. According to the Sunday Telegraph, the British government hopes that U.S. President-elect Biden will visit Europe for the first time after taking office, taking the G7 summit as an opportunity; but British government sources say that Biden is not expected to go anywhere except Canada.
At present, the United Kingdom has been hit hard during the epidemic, with the highest death toll among European countries, with more than 88,000 deaths from the epidemic.
Although the third wave of the pandemic kills more than 1,000 people in the country every day, the coronavirus vaccine has been widely used in the UK and is expected to protect the vast majority of the population within months.