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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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G7 leaders pose for "family photo" as summit kicks off

G7 leaders pose for the family photo at the start of the G7 summit. (Photo by LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP via Getty Images)

The three-day G7 summit in the seaside village of Carbis Bay, England, kicked off on Friday, with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcoming his counterparts from the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the European Union.

Driving the news: The leaders of the world's wealthiest democracies, as well as the presidents of the European Union, announced a pledge to provide the world with 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Jun 10, 2021 - World

What to expect from Biden's trip to Europe

Just two pals hanging out in Cornwall. Photo: Andrew Parsons/10 Downing St. via Getty

President Biden arrived in Europe for his first foreign trip bearing what could be a game-changing pledge: 500 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines to be shared with low- and middle-income countries over the next year.

The state of play: The remaining G7 members — Canada, the EU, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and this year’s hosts, the U.K. — are set to pledge at least another 500 million to bring the total to 1 billion by mid-2021, per a draft communique seen by Bloomberg.

How to finance climate goals will be key hurdle at G7 and U.N. talks

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Climate finance has emerged as the biggest stumbling block to progress at the high-stakes United Nations climate talks in Scotland in November. How the Group of 7 wealthy nations treats the issue Friday and Saturday may determine the outcome.

Why it matters: Providing the funding that was promised to developing countries might open up other areas of important conversation in Glasgow, such as setting more ambitious emissions reduction targets for 2030.