NEWQUAY, England -- President Joe Biden says the U.S. has restored its presence on the world stage, as he has used his first overseas trip to connect with a new generation of leaders from some of the world’s most powerful countries and more closely unite allies around addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and China’s trade and labor practices.
Biden has wrapped up three days of what he calls “an extraordinarily collaborative and productive meeting” at the Group of Seven summit of wealthy democracies.
Biden says at a news conference in England that there was “genuine enthusiasm” for his engagement.
He later visited to Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.
G-7 leaders agree on vaccines, China and taxing corporations
The leaders of the world’s richest countries have pledged more than 1 billion coronavirus vaccine doses to poorer nations and agreed they will work together to challenge China’s “non-market economic practices” and call on Beijing to respect human rights.
Speaking at the end of a G-7 leaders’ summit in southwest England on Sunday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised the “fantastic degree of harmony” among the reenergized group.
Johnson said the G-7 would demonstrate the value of democracy and human rights to the rest of the world.
But health and environmental campaigners were distinctly unimpressed by the details in the leaders’ final meeting communique.