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Not a smooth ride for Biden

by New Worker correspondent

IMPERIALIST LEADERS gathered in Cornwall last week to listen to their chief, Joe Biden, call for a renewed propaganda and economic warfare drive against Russia and People’s China.

The Americans wanted blanket endorsement of the stance Biden will take when he meets the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, in Geneva this week. They also wanted their key allies to give maximum publicity and support to the anti-communist gangs in China’s Hong Kong and the Uyghur autonomous region to justify the new Cold War that US imperialism needs to strengthen its hold over what it still calls the “free world”.

This was dismissed as a “delusion” at the Chinese embassy in London. “We always believe that countries, big or small, strong or weak, poor or rich, are equals, and that world affairs should be handled through consultation by all countries,” a Chinese diplomat told the media. “The days when global decisions were dictated by a small group of countries are long gone.”

The ‘Group of Seven’ (G7) imperialist countries was originally set up in the 1970s to counter the Arab oil boycott that was imposed briefly on the Western powers after the October 1973 Arab–Israeli war. US imperialism has since used the G7 in numerous attempts to bypass the structures of the United Nations and impose American hegemony over the rest of the capitalist world.

At the summit in the Carbis Bay Hotel, near St Ives, US President Joe Biden met the leaders of British and Franco-German imperialism along with other key players in the American imperialist front, including the leaders of Canada, Italy and Japan as well as the leaders of Australia, India and south Korea.

Biden was dutifully backed to the hilt by Johnson and the craven Canadian leader Justin Trudeau. But independent sources say that when European leaders refused to totally endorse the US anti-China hate campaign, internet connections were shut down to ensure that no outsiders could hear the discussion.

Biden’s people played down the argument, but CNN said “the disagreements, aired during a session that at one point became so sensitive that all internet was shut off to the room”.

The host, Boris Johnson, who said that it was vital to learn from the “mistakes” of the 2008 financial crisis and tackle the “scar” of inequality, clearly imagined that he would be centre stage at the three-day meeting. But he was side-lined by the US and French leaders, who only wanted to make sure he stuck to the letter of the European Union’s Brexit deal on northern Ireland.

Johnson’s minions had told the media that the conference would be the launching pad for a new “Global Britain” campaign to boost the UK’s standing throughout the world. They hyped-up expectations of massive imperialist aid to the Third World struggling to contain the coronavirus plague. Johnson himself promised to “vaccinate the world”.

But former premier Gordon Brown said the proposed billion vaccines donation was woefully inadequate. The forgotten man of Labour politics accused the G7 leaders of an “‘unforgivable moral failure” in falling well short of the World Health Organisation’s request for the 11 billion doses needed to safeguard the global population.

The summit, Brown said, “will go down as a missed opportunity” and an “unforgivable moral failure” with G7 leaders set to agree to offer only a billion vaccines to the world. And as the conference closed it was clear that even this much-anticipated pledge to donate a billion doses by the middle of next year wouldn’t be met. Neither was there any radical announcement on mate change nor on cancelling Third World debt.