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President Biden on Saturday is expected to urge fellow G7 leaders to adopt a unified approach to countering China's rising global influence, AP reports.

Driving the news: The G7 leaders are set to unveil a multi-billion-dollar global infrastructure plan aimed at rivaling Beijing's efforts in the developing world.

  • The infrastructure plan dubbed, "Build Back Better for the World," has been described by U.S. officials as a "higher quality" alternative to China's multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road infrastructure project, CNBC notes.

Biden is also expected to press G7 leaders to commit to taking "concrete action" against Beijing's forced labor practices targeting Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities in China, per AP.

  • The U.S. president will argue the practices are an "affront to human dignity and an egregious example of China's unfair economic competition."
  • Biden wants criticism of China to be part of the joint communique released at the end of the summit on Sunday, but it's unclear whether the United States' European allies will sign on, AP reports, citing senior administration officials who briefed reporters.
  • At the start of the summit on Friday, the group pledged to deliver more than 1 billion doses of the coronavirus vaccine to lower-income nations beginning this summer.
  • The leaders are expected to sign a global pact aimed at preventing other pandemics. "[T]o truly defeat coronavirus and recover we need to prevent a pandemic like this from ever happening again," British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a news release Saturday.

The big picture: This year's summit is the first gathering of G7 leaders from the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom since last April.

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Sep 17, 2021 - World

France recalls ambassadors from U.S. and Australia over submarine deal

Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L), French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (C), and French ambassador to the U.S. Philippe Etienne. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

France has taken the extraordinary step of recalling its ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia after both countries blindsided their French allies with a new military pact and submarine contract, the French Foreign Ministry announced on Friday.

The backstory: While sealing an agreement with the U.S. and U.K. to acquire nuclear submarines, Australia ripped up an existing $90 billion submarine deal with France. That led senior French officials to accuse the U.S. of a "stab in the back."

Updated 7 hours ago - World

UK government: Kremlin has plan "to install pro-Russian leadership" in Ukraine

British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss. Photo: Gints Ivuskans / AFP via Getty Images

The United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary on Saturday night said the government has "information that indicates the Russian Government is looking to install a pro-Russian leader in Kyiv as it considers whether to invade and occupy Ukraine."

Driving the news: U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne called the intelligence "deeply concerning" in a statement to Axios. The Biden administration has said Russia is actively manufacturing a pretext for invasion and warned that Putin could use joint military exercises in Belarus as cover to invade from the north.

Updated 9 hours ago - Science

This powerful new accelerator looks for keys to the center of atoms

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Nuclear physicists trying to piece together how atoms are built are about to get a powerful new tool.

Why it matters: When the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams begins experiments later this spring, physicists from around the world will use the particle accelerator to better understand the inner workings of atoms that make up all the matter that can be seen in the universe.