An exclusive group of democratic world leaders will meet this week in England at the G-7 Summit. U.S. President Joe Biden will join the summit on his first trip abroad since becoming president, reports CNBC.

  • The G-7 summit is important for Biden for three reasons.

1. An opportunity for Biden to defend democracy

For Biden, the G-7 summit represents unity among democratic nations at a time when democracy is being challenged within the U.S. and worldwide, according to CNN.

  • Domestically, democratic norms and values have come under criticism due to the January insurrection at the Capitol and a wave of voter restriction bills, reported CNN.
  • Internationally, authoritarian states have expanded their global influence, particularly China which provides a model of one-party rule with economic success, said CNN.

Biden hopes to renew emphasis on the shared democratic values of G-7 leaders in this week’s summit, said CNBC.

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2. Biden must rebuild disrupted relationships

Former U.S. President Donald Trump had famously difficult relationships with the other G-7 leaders, reported The Associated Press. Trump’s confrontational political style was not popular among Europe’s democratic leaders, said USA Today.

  • Biden must rebuild relationships with these leaders. The summit provides an in-person opportunity to do this, according to the AP.

3. Summit will include discussion on major topics

The agenda for this year’s G-7 is packed. The leaders are expected to discuss everything from climate change, vaccine donations, economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, global regulation of cryptocurrencies and a global minimum on corporate tax rates, said USA Today.

  • Leaders will also seek a consensus on economic relations with China and Russia, said CNBC.
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What is the G-7 summit?

The G-7 Summit is an annual meeting of leaders from seven wealthy democracies. This is the group’s first face-to-face meeting in more than two years, reported USA Today. The G-7 primarily focuses on economic and financial matters but often blurs into political matters.

  • The G-7 includes Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.S., per CNBC.
  • This year, officials from Australia, India and South Korea were invited to attend as guests, said CNBC.

This year’s summit will take place on the southwestern coast of England in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, from June 11 to 13, said USA Today.