Scott Morrison is expected to have his first one-on-one meeting with the President of the United States, Joe Biden, on the sidelines of the G7 meeting in the United Kingdom – issues with China and climate change to be discussed.
The Australian Prime Minister will travel through Singapore to the international summit, scheduled for 11 to 13 June, where he will discuss regional security and a potential travel bubble with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
after G7 Morrison in London, Carbys Bay, Cornwall, Morrison for talks with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in an attempt to resolve any remaining differences between countries regarding the treatment of agriculture in the bilateral free trade agreement between Australia and Britain Will be
Johnson aims to announce business deal outline But the most controversial element of the proposed deal has been a plan with Australia ahead of the start of the G7 summit on 11 June Scrap duty and quota on Australian agricultural productsIncluding the arrival of sheep and beef in the UK.
Negotiations continue with daily contacts between Australian and UK trade ministers. Australia has made it clear that it wants genuine liberalisation.
After the event in London, Morrison will travel to Paris for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, which focuses on the Indo-Pacific and submarines. The $90 billion acquisition of 12 new submarines has been plagued by a protracted dispute between the Australian government and the French contractor to maximize local jobs.
Morrison will also meet with his former finance minister, Mathias Corman, who now runs the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development as part of his Paris programme.
The theme of this year’s British-hosted G7 summit is “Building Better Than Coronavirus” and “Creating a Greener, More Prosperous Future”.
Johnson has invited Australia, India, South Korea and South Africa as guest countries, but the Indian prime minister has withdrawn the humanitarian disaster in the country from the runaway Covid-19 infection.
Also, given the economic recovery after the pandemic, the ongoing geopolitical tensions associated with the rise of China, the talks are expected to have a substantial security focus. Australia is keen to use high-level partnerships to engage the world’s major powers in the Indo-Pacific.
Morrison is expected to meet Biden face-to-face in Cornwall for the first time since the US election. The Australian Prime Minister is also expected to meet his counterparts from Japan and South Korea.
Moving to the G7 summit, Australia remains under constant diplomatic pressure from the Biden administration, the Johnson government and European powers to raise the level of its ambition on emissions reduction ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow later this year.
All G7 Members Aim to cut emissions by at least 40% below 2005 levels by 2030 and reach net zero emissions by 2050. The Morrison government has not joined more than 100 countries In setting a formal mid-century net zero emissions target, and thus far has resisted pressure from the US, UK and EU to raise their 2030 targets.
A leading UK climate official, Nigel Topping, the UN’s “high-level champion”, noted last month that Australia is the only major country with neither its national government nor the opposition having a significant climate plan.
Morrison Recently told at a climate summit Hosted by Biden that the government wants to reach net zero “as soon as we can”. The prime minister said his government supported a “technology, not tax” approach.
While other developed countries have committed tens of billions to take action, last month the federal budget There is little spending involved in addressing the climate crisis.
Ahead of the Biden summit in April, the administration went public with arguments that the Morrison government needed to do more.
While the Coalition has promoted a “do not tax technology” approach to emissions reduction to convince allies that Australia is serious about making the transition, a senior Biden administration official said. told reporters Australia could not rely on technology alone to reach net zero emissions by 2050.
Australia was Denied even a speaking slot Last December at a leaders’ climate ambitions summit because the Morrison government had not set out ambitious commitments to address the climate crisis. That summit was hosted by the UK, France and the United Nations.
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