Biden to go to UK and Brussels in first abroad journey as US president

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Joe Biden will journey to the UK and Belgium in his first abroad journey as US president in June as he tries to rejuvenate transatlantic relations following a cooler interval below former president Donald Trump.

The White Home stated Biden would attend the G7 summit in Cornwall, UK, and maintain bilateral conferences with different leaders, together with UK prime minister Boris Johnson. The president will then journey to the Nato summit in Brussels, earlier than attending a US-EU summit.

Jen Psaki, White Home press secretary, stated Biden’s journey would “reinforce” the US’s dedication to multilateralism, in addition to Nato and the precept of collective defence.

The Biden administration has made clear it wish to see a revitalisation of the western army alliance, which had been undermined by elements together with Trump’s assaults, criticism by Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, and tensions over Turkey.

Throughout his first official journey to Brussels in March, US secretary of state Antony Blinken vowed to revive Washington’s frayed ties with Nato allies.

Within the UK, Biden will focus on public well being, financial restoration and local weather change, based on the White Home. The EU-US summit will cowl the identical subjects, together with digital and commerce co-operation and “mutual overseas coverage considerations”.

Washington, Brussels and London have been struggling to achieve an settlement on a long-running commerce dispute over plane subsidies. Final month all three sides agreed to suspend punitive tariffs on one another for 4 months whereas talks continued.

The US has additionally been at odds with Europe and the UK over a digital services tax, and threatened to escalate trade tensions by inserting tariffs on the imports of nations with digital providers tax measures in place.

Extra broadly, the US and EU have agreed to work collectively on dealing with an more and more assertive China, pledging to reboot dialogue over shared considerations resembling human rights and nationwide safety points.

In March, the US, EU, UK and Canada all imposed sanctions on China over its therapy of Uyghur Muslims in a co-ordinated transfer that sparked an instantaneous retaliation from Beijing.

Nevertheless, an EU-China investment deal agreed between Brussels and Beijing final December, simply weeks earlier than the Biden inauguration, prompted unhappiness among the many then president-elect’s crew.