G7 very outdated, want India, South Korea, Australia in grouping

Cheryl Sanders
June 1, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump said Saturday that he plans to invite South Korea - along with Russia, Australia and India - to a Group of 7, or G7, summit that has been delayed to at least September.

"I'm postponing it because I don't feel that as a G7 it properly represents what's going on in the world", Trump told reporters on Sunday.

"Strengthening worldwide co-operation among like-minded countries is valued at a time of unprecedented global challenges", said the spokesperson. Trump has criticized Beijing for its initial handling of the coronavirus outbreak, which has killed more people in the US than in any other country. Since 1976, leaders from the US, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Canada and Japan have annually held the meeting to discuss global economic challenges.

He said he had not set a precise date for the new meeting, but suggested it might be around the time of the annual UN General Assembly in New York City, which is normally held in September, but there is no guarantee it will go ahead this year. Last week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she could not attend.

White House communications adviser Alyssa Farah also said Saturday that the president wants to bring other traditional allies into the mix, as well as those impacted by coronavirus.

-China trade war and climate change caused handwringing and contention at the 2019 G7, but the forum declined to point fingers in the summit communiqué, and the pandemic has thrust other issues out of sight.

Trump said he also plans to invite Russia, Australia and India. "Donald Trump is being true to himself in pursuing an agenda against multilateralism and concertation", Badie said. Later, aides indicated he was seeking a larger group that could act as a counterweight to China, whose relationship with the United States reached a nadir last week amid disputes over coronavirus and Hong Kong.

In a tweet on May 20, Trump had announced plans to hold the summit in Washington at Camp David as a demonstration that the coronavirus situation in the USA was normalizing. But he also suggested it could be held after the US election in November.

The U.S. president has been accused by German political leaders of trying to buy exclusive U.S. Think a good time would be before the election. He has also expressed his intention to invite four non-G7 countries to discuss China.

The plan is likely to be controversial because Russian Federation has been banned from Western-led summits since Putin's annexation of Crimea in 2014, and is not seen as a natural ally in the defense of human rights in Hong Kong. "So it might be a G10, G11, and it could be after the election is over", Trump was quoted as saying.

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