U.K. Plans Hosting G-7 Meeting Next Week to Craft China Strategy



Alberto Nardelli | Bloomberg

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to host a virtual meeting of the Group of Seven leaders on Feb. 19 to form a united front in the fight against the coronavirus and to start crafting a joint strategy on China.

Among senior diplomats who are laying the groundwork there was also a preliminary discussion about how to address China and what wording to use in the final communique of the June summit, according to a diplomatic note seen by Bloomberg.

During that so-called sherpa meeting last week, the U.S. delegate outlined the need to act firmly and with determination toward Beijing while Canada stressed the importance of not leaving the vaccination of poorer countries to China and Russia, the cable said.

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