LONDON—The main aim of President Biden’s European tour this week has
simply been to show that the United States “is back!” at the heart of the
Western diplomatic consensus.
Unfortunately, the world is a little more complicated than that. By
Saturday night in England, it was beginning to look like the White House
had been a little over-confident in just how far the charms of Biden would
take him in persuading other G7 leaders to swallow all of his policy
positions. Even though he isn’t Donald Trump.
The president tried to cajole his colleagues to sign onto a joint
statement calling out China directly for forced labor practices in
Xinjiang province where the Muslim Uighur minority has been targeted by
Beijing. It was not a roaring success.
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The White House’s own spin conceded as much in characteristically
diplomatic language. “There is a little differentiation, I think I would
say, within—within, I think, the spectrum of how hard they would push on
some of these issues,” said a senior Biden administration official said in
a briefing to reporters.
Reports from inside the room went further with claims of a sharp divide
between the leaders over whether China should be called out explicitly.
“The disagreements, aired during a session that at one point became so
sensitive that all internet was shut off to the room, pitted European
nations against the United States, Britain and Canada,” according to a CNN
report on the meeting.
The senior White House official said Biden “really was leading the charge…
And I would say Prime Minister [Boris] Johnson was very close behind him.”
It remains to be seen if the old Anglo-Saxon alliance—backed up by
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau—will succeed in persuading the
mainland European contingent and Japan to go along with some kind of
statement condemning China in a joint communiqué that will be published on
These kind of negotiations are often hammered out in advance of the
meetings between the leaders, which are usually more of a photo
President Emmanuel Macron of France did raise the alarm last week, warning
Washington that Europe did not follow Biden’s apparent desire to “return
to [the logic] of the Cold War” with China cast as the West’s new foe.
He insisted that Europe would retain its independence when it came to
building a relationship with China, with a policy that is “neither to be
vassalized by China nor to be aligned on this subject with the United
States of America.”
Biden was more successful in winning support for the idea of a new, green
version of China’s “New Silk Road.”
The Build Back Better World initiative is designed to offer developing
nations an alternative source of funding and loans for infrastructure
projects, which is currently being offered by China.
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Critics of China’s massive global investments—currently being accessed by
around 100 nations—claim that they deliberately trap developing nations in
debt, which buys them huge influence over local governments all over the
The Trump administration had also talked about setting up a Western
alternative to this Chinese funding supply, but it never delivered real
money. It is too early to say whether the G7 version will be backed by the
kind of investment to make it a real alternative to China’s trillions of
Haggling over the finer points was set to continue on the beach in
Cornwall on Saturday night while the leaders enjoyed grilled lobster and
hot buttered rum.
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