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International relations

China and Russia's authoritarian challenge hangs over G-7 meeting

India, Australia, South Korea and ASEAN to attend London summit as guests

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosts a virtual G-7 meeting in February. This week's gathering of foreign ministers will be the group's first in-person meeting since COVID-19 hit. (File photo by pool/AP)

LONDON -- The authoritarian challenge of Russia and China will be a major talking point when Group of Seven foreign ministers meet at an expanded gathering of democratic nations in London this week.

The first in-person meeting of G-7 members in two years comes ahead of a leaders summit in June in Cornwall, England. In addition to the seven members -- Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.S. and U.K. -- and the European Union, the hosts have invited India, Australia, South Korea, South Africa and the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

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