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Packed with confidence after G7 summit, Joe Biden now heads on to NATO summit held in Brussels Updated: 2021-06-14 15:12:49 KST

"I felt a genuine sense of enthusiasm that America was back at the table and fully, fully engaged."

U.S. President Joe Biden wrapped up the G7 summit on Sunday UK time, hailing it as a success.
At Biden's press conference on Sunday before leaving Cornwall, he reiterated some of the G7's key talking points on climate change and the White House-backed global economic recovery plan.
He brought up China several times, especially emphasizing the importance of democratic values.

"I think we're in a contest - not with China per se - but a contest with autocrats, autocratic governments around the world as whether or not democracies can compete with them in a rapidly changing 21st century."

Biden also stressed the need for transparency, especially when it comes to the origins of Covid-19.

""I have not reached a conclusion because our intelligence community is not certain yet whether or not this was a consequence of a from the marketplace of a bat and or whether it was an experiment gone awry in a laboratory."

China will come up again when Biden takes part in the NATO summit in Brussels.

"And we also notice that China does not share our values, we see all the crackdowns on the democratic protests in Hong Kong …no country, no continent can manage, deal with this alone. Therefore we need to respond together as an alliance and as NATO."

At the NATO summit, which started Monday morning, local time, Biden is expected to strengthen the allies' collective defense and discuss a new "strategic concept" that will manage potential threats from China and Russia.
And to do so, he will try to repair America's relationships with its NATO allies,.. damaged by his predecessor, Donald Trump who constantly raised doubts about the need for NATO ties.
Biden is also expected to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, someone with whom he's had a tense relationship, after Biden officially labeled the massacre of Armenians during the Ottoman Empire as a "genocide."
Kim Yeon-seung, Arirang News
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