What's on the agenda for Biden's first foreign trip in office

What's on the agenda for Biden's first foreign trip in office

As he makes his first foreign trip as president, Joe Biden is keen to emphasise his priorities - climate change, relations with Russian Federation and China and the Covid vaccine.

"Making clear to Putin and China that Europe and the United States are tight", the president said when asked the goal of his busy trip.

The trip will be far more about messaging than specific actions or deals.

US President Joe Biden flies to Europe this week to meet allies ahead of a summit with President Vladimir Putin.

The eight-day trip will start Wednesday in the United Kingdom, where Biden will visit American troops stationed there and then meet Prime Minister Boris Johnson, ahead of a G7 summit in Carbis Bay, a seaside resort, on Friday and Saturday.

Biden's to-do list is ambitious. "We want a stable and predictable relationship where we can work with Russian Federation on issues like strategic stability and arms control".

And the U.S. increasing its donations of Covid vaccines around the world follows what many in Europe considered a long period of hoarding them for Americans.

Biden said that he will meet with Putin "to let him know what I want him to know". First as the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and then as vise president. He will face world leaders still grappling with the virus and rattled by four years of Trump's inward-looking foreign policy and moves that strained longtime alliances as the Republican former president made overtures to strongmen.

Biden is embarking on the first overseas trip of his term, and is eager to reassert the United States on the world stage, steadying European allies deeply shaken by his predecessor and pushing democracy as the only bulwark to the rising forces of authoritarianism.

Together with his wife, Jill Biden, the Democrat leader will attend the G7 summit in Cornwall (southwest of the UK) from Friday to Sunday, during which the Govt-19 epidemic and climate will be one of the priorities. It comes at a moment when Europeans have diminished expectations for what they can expect of US leadership on the foreign stage.

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The country hosted the 1985 nuclear summit between U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

Russian Federation has rejected any violations, arguing that a few restrictions on observation flights it imposed in the past were permissible under the treaty and noted that the USA imposed more sweeping restrictions on observation flights over Alaska. France, however, believes that the European Union must be more independent in the future. Sullivan told reporters Biden would press the Russian president on USA priorities and values.

The sequencing of the trip is deliberate: Biden consulting with Western European allies for much of a week as a show of unity before his summit with Putin.

Tonight, the United States president's plane is scheduled to land in Cornwall, where he will meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday before attending the three-day-long G7 summit starting Friday.

The meetings are a build-up to his face-to-face meeting with Putin in Geneva on Wednesday.

But even as this issue was resolved, the import tariffs on European Union steel and aluminium imposed by Donald Trump were left untouched by Biden, despite the European Union having suspended retaliatory tariffs. Another, Germany's Angela Merkel, will leave office later this year. On climate change, the U.S.is aiming to regain its credibility after Trump pulled the country back from the fight against global warming. Biden also needs the Kremlin to make progress with Iran, which is close to Russian Federation.

Another central focus will be China.

Biden said "we have to discredit those who believe that the age of democracy is over, as some of our fellow nations believe", and that leaders "have to work harder than ever to prove that democracy can still deliver for our people".

The idea is "to demonstrate again that the U.S.is back on the right course", Haas said.

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