President Biden is on his first trip abroad since taking office. The president landed in the UK on Wednesday evening and is expected to meet with several European allies, participate in the G-7 and NATO summits, and attend a high-stakes face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“This trip aims to materialize America’s renewed commitment to our allies and partners,” Biden wrote in an op-ed featuring his trip to the Washington Post over the weekend. “Whether it’s ending the COVID-19 pandemic everywhere, responding to the demands of an accelerating climate crisis, or dealing with the nefarious activities of the Chinese and Russian governments, the United States must rule the world from a position of strength. “
The trip aims to “make Putin and China understand that Europe and the United States are tight,” he told reporters before Air Force One left on Wednesday.
Regarding China, the president is expected to focus on market competitiveness and the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. Last month, the president said US intelligence officials had clustered around two “likely scenarios” for the origin of the pandemic – a zoonotic transmission or a leak from a Wuhan laboratory. Biden has given the intelligence community 90 days for further review in order to shed light on the onset of the pandemic.
The president, in his editorial, said the world’s major democracies should invest in infrastructure to provide a “high-level alternative to China for upgrading physical, digital and health infrastructure that is more resilient and supports global development “.
The Biden administration warned that China “has quickly become more assertive” and “is the only competitor potentially capable of combining economic, diplomatic, military and technological might to pose a sustained challenge to a stable and open international system.”
“As new technologies fundamentally reshape our world, exposing vulnerabilities like ransomware attacks and creating threats like invasive AI-based surveillance, the world’s democracies must together ensure that our values govern. the use and development of these innovations – not the interests of autocrats, ”Biden wrote.
Here’s what you need to know about the President’s trip:
The President is expected to receive the daily presidential briefing before heading to Carbis Bay with the First Lady to meet with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Ms Carrie Johnson, ahead of a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister.
Later today, the President is expected to deliver remarks on the COVID-19 vaccination program and the global effort to defeat COVID-19 from Tregenna Castle in St. Ives.
The president will be officially welcomed by Johnson to participate in a G-7 summit session, focusing on “Recovery for All”.
The White House said the president will work with allies at the G-7 summit to discuss ways to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, including a global COVID-19 vaccination program, and ways to help to stimulate the global economy after international lockdowns amid the pandemic.
The first part of the G-7 will be followed by a reception with the leaders of the G-7 and the royal family.
The president is expected to attend the second session of the G-7 summit, titled “Building Resilience”, followed by the session on “Foreign Policy” and the fourth session on “Health”.
The president is expected to participate in the G-7 “Open Societies & Economies” session on Sunday, followed by the “Climate” session.
At the end of the G-7 sessions, the president is expected to hold a press conference, before joining Queen Elizabeth II with the first lady at Windsor Castle.
That afternoon, the President, the First Lady and the Queen will participate in the welcome and arrival ceremony, followed by a private meeting with the Queen.
Later, the president will visit Belgium, before the NATO summit, and the first lady will return to the United States.
That evening, the president is expected to arrive in Belgium and participate in an arrival ceremony at Brussels airport.
The President is due to meet NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg ahead of the NATO summit.
The President is expected to speak on Belgium and then attend NATO meetings.
Later today, the president will participate in a bilateral meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan and later is expected to hold a press conference at NATO headquarters.
The President will meet with King Philippe and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo before heading to the European Council, where he will attend the EU summit.
The President will participate in enlarged bilateral meetings with the Presidents of the EU and of the European Commission at the Council of the EU.
Later, the President will travel to Geneva, Switzerland, where he will first meet Swiss President Guy Parmelin.
The president is expected to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin for their high-stakes meeting in Geneva.
Biden and Putin are expected to discuss a range of issues, including the nuclear capabilities of Iran and North Korea, Syria, the Arctic, strategic stability, arms control, climate change, COVID-19 and more.
The United States and Russia have long competed globally, and where the United States exceeds Russian capabilities, as in the case of the United States military, Putin has relied on other factors. to strengthen Russian domination, especially cyber attacks.
Meanwhile, Biden and Putin are also expected to discuss again the intention of the United States and Russia to continue a “strategic stability dialogue on a range of emerging arms control and security issues” to build on. on the extension of the new START treaty, according to the White House. The START Treaty places verifiable limits on all nuclear weapons with intercontinental range deployed by Russia. The treaty began on February 5, 2011 and, according to the State Department, the United States and the Russian Federation have agreed to extend it until February 4, 2026.
Biden also expected to raise the issue of Russia-ransomware attacks with Putin during their summit on June 16 in Geneva.