Global Political Calendar: ASEAN-China FMs meeting, G7 summit
In the upcoming week, the two-day Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers' Meeting to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Dialogue Relations and the sixth Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) Foreign Ministers' Meeting will be held in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality and Group of Seven (G7) leaders will meet in-person in Britain for the three-day summit.
As this year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of dialogue relations between China and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Chinese Foreign Ministry Sunday said State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi expects to work with ASEAN foreign ministers to take stock of and summarize the outcomes and experience of China-ASEAN cooperation in the past 30 years.
The meeting will also focus on combating COVID-19 and promoting economic recovery, better dovetail strategic plans and foster new highlights in practical cooperation to upgrade the relationship and make new contributions to peace, stability, development and prosperity in the region, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
ASEAN countries have jumped to be the number one trading bloc with China in 2020, with the trade volumes hitting 4.74 trillion yuan ($731.9 billion), a seven percent growth year-on-year.
The LMC is a new-type sub-regional cooperation mechanism featuring extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits between China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, which also injected impetus into the China-ASEAN cooperation.
G7 leaders meet in-person for first time in two years
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will host the first in-person summit in almost two years of G7 leaders in Cornwall, southwest England from June 11 to June 13.
The three-day summit will be joined by the leaders of Germany, France, the United States, Italy, Japan, the European Union and Canada. It will be the first overseas trip for U.S. President Joe Biden since he took office in January.
More than a year into the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic leading the global recovery from the pandemic is likely to be the main topic of conversation.
Pledging to hit the global vaccination goal, Johnson on Saturday called on leaders of rich G7 nations to make a commitment to vaccinate the entire world against COVID-19 by the end of 2022.
The agenda also includes climate change and trade with Johnson saying he wants the nations to "create a greener, more prosperous future".
Day by day:
Monday: Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi hosts his ASEAN counterparts for the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers' Meeting and the sixth Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) Foreign Ministers' Meeting (to June 8) in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality. The 29th session of the Standing Committee of the 13th NPC opens (to June 10). International Labour Organization (ILO) opens weeklong ministerial conference, opening speeches by director-general Guy Ryder and Swiss President Guy Parmelin in Geneva, Switzerland. German Foreign MinisterHeiko Maas presents a "White Paper on Multilateralism", developed with Norwegian foreign ministry. World Health Organization (WHO) Director-GeneralTedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gives news conference on the latest information about the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris travels to Guatemala and Mexico (to June 8). Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, meets his Djiboutian counterpart, who is on a working visit in Russia (to June 9).
Tuesday: Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama makes official visit to Bulgaria. The Arab foreign ministers meet in the Qatari capital Doha for "consultative" talks.
Wednesday:Mongolia holds presidential election. Argentine President Alberto Fernandez meets Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez during his official tour in Latin America which starts in Buenos Aires. German foreign minister Heiko Maas meets his Ukrainian counterpart in Berlin.
Thursday:British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets U.S. President Joe Biden ahead of the G7 Summit in Cornwall, UK. President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev visits Tajikistan (to June 12).
Friday: The47th G7 summit takes place in Cornwall, UK (to June 13). President of Costa Rica Carlos Alvarado meets Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez during his official tour to Costa Rica. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gives news conference on the latest information about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Saturday: German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier visits Denmark (to June 13). Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu visits Brussels for a summit (to June 14).
Sunday: Biden will meet Queen Elizabeth II. First round French regional and departmental elections.