Biden visits Europe in June British media: seeking to restore transatlantic relations
China News Service, April 25. According to the British Financial Times, US President Biden will visit the UK and Belgium in June. This will be his first overseas visit after he took office. “Financial Times” stated that Biden’s visit was seeking to restore transatlantic relations that had cooled down during the administration of former U.S. President Trump.
p > The White House stated that Biden will attend the G7 summit in Cornwall, UK, and hold bilateral meetings with other leaders including British Prime Minister Johnson. Subsequently, Biden will go to Brussels, Belgium to attend the NATO summit, and then attend the US-Europe summit.
White House Press Secretary Psaki said that Biden’s visit will “strengthen” the United States’ commitment to multilateralism, NATO and the principles of collective defense.
The Biden administration has made it clear that it wants to see the revival of the Western military alliance, which has been affected by Trump’s attacks, French President Macron’s criticism, and tensions with Turkey.
According to the White House, Biden will discuss public health, economic recovery and climate change in the UK. The US-Europe summit will cover the same topics, as well as digitalization and trade cooperation, as well as “foreign policy issues of common concern.”
The United States, the European Union and the United Kingdom have been trying to reach an agreement on a long-term trade dispute over aircraft subsidies. In March, the three parties agreed to suspend the collection of punitive tariffs for four months during the negotiations.
The United States also diverges with Europe and the United Kingdom on the issue of digital service tax, and threatens to impose import duties on countries that have implemented digital service tax measures, thereby exacerbating trade tensions.