For Merkel, the relief is genuine at the prospect of dealing with Biden rather than Trump. Still, Europe is determined to carve out a bigger global role on a par with the U.S.
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When the diplomatic emissaries of the G7 nations met virtually late last month to prepare for the leaders summit in June, one problem cropped up over and over again: What to do about China?
The 73-year-old veteran has built a reputation for being calm, ruthless and completely on top of the brief, but may be facing his biggest challenge yet.
Some have arrived through a route that grants immigration officers discretion to allow entry for six months, but are now trapped with no job and no cash, reliant on hand-outs.
The U.K. is being portrayed in China-friendly Hong Kong newspaper editorials and online chat rooms as an undesirable place to live.
What began as a bid to bring transparency has spiraled into chaotic mud-slinging that some fear could spur a trade row amid the pandemic.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is hosting this year’s G7, has invited South Korea, India and Australia to attend the leaders’ summit in Cornwall in June.
Expansion of the G7 is an idea that Japan, Italy, Germany and France oppose, according to officials familiar with those governments’ positions.
At times, mutual suspicion and paranoia over listening devices made Brexit look like a chapter from the Cold War, all heightened by COVID-19 restrictions.
Burning bridges with China is a particularly risky path for the U.K. as it exits the European Union’s orbit.