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G7 faces Belt and Road Initiative with counter-initiative

Seven good-humored heads of state and government, plus the President of the EU Commission and the President of the EU Council, are on a podium on Cornwall beach and beam into the cameras. In the middle stands Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, host of the summit, arms wide open as if to signal: We’re all in agreement. There is a general harmony, hardly any bickering: After the G7 was on the verge of splitting in the Trump era, the Western economic powers are presenting themselves as reborn at their summit.

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