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International relations

'America first' shakes decades-long G-7 harmony

Uncertainty grows over common goal to promote open economy

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G-7 leaders and other participants pose for photo on May 27, during the summit in Taormina, Italy.   © Reuters

TAORMINA, Italy -- Group of Seven leaders ended their two-day summit in Taromina on the Italian island of Sicily on Saturday. While they ultimately agreed to continue fighting against protectionism, this year's gathering had a different atmosphere from previous ones. A new force is hampering them from firmly maintaining the basic principle of encouraging free trade system.

U.S. President Donald Trump participated in the G-7 summit for the first time. During the discussion Friday, Trump began speaking calmly, insisting on the importance of fair, free and reciprocal trade. In about 10 minutes, however, while listening to other leaders' opinions, Trump suddenly broke in and said loudly, "Like reciprocal is, if you've got a 30% tariff maybe, you know what, we should have a 30% tariff."

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