On Saturday, the United States President Donald Trump announced that the Group of Seven Summit was postponed and hinted at holding it in June.
According to reports of AFP, Trump has also expressed his desire to expand the list of countries that are allowed to attend the meeting. The list is believed to have names like India, Australia, Russia, and South Korea. While talking to reporters in Washington, he said that the current format has an outdated group of countries and said,
“I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world.”
Currently, the Group of Seven consists of the United States, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, and Japan, and also the European Union. President Donald Trump has desires of inviting Russia, South Korea, Australia, and India to the summit which is scheduled to happen in September. It is slated to happen before or after the United Nations General Assembly. Although Trump said that he has touched upon the topic with the leaders of the four countries, it is still unclear whether Trump is looking to expand the G7 permanently.
In the Summit, Trump is reportedly gearing up to talk about the future of China who has been at the receiving end of President’s backlash over the mishandling of the novel coronavirus pandemic which originated in Wuhan.
The D-10 Alliance
The UK daily Times reported that the United Kingdom is looking to pursuing an alliance of 10 countries and create a 5G alternate pool to stop the monopoly of China especially its telecom giant Huawei.
The alliance is reportedly called D10 which includes 10 democracies like India, Australia, South Korea, France, Canada, Germany, Japan, Italy, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
The move towards establishing the alliance is to open doors for more 5G equipment and technology players to come in and as well as to ensure that the new entrants are from like-minded democracies. The formation of this alliance to marginalize the Chinese led Huawei to come at a time when there is growing backlash against the Chinese regime regarding the mishandling of the novel coronavirus pandemic that has resulted in the loss of over 1 million lives around the world.