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G-7 ends, touting unity on Taiwan, COVID and climate change

Joint statement appeals to democratic values in clear reference to China

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as U.S. President Joe Biden attends alongside him at a plenary session of the G-7 summit in England on June 13.   © Reuters

CORNWALL, U.K. -- The Group of Seven summit concluded on Sunday, with the leaders' closing communique vowing action on the pandemic and climate change while projecting a united stance on democratic values and a shared understanding of global challenges, including those arising from China.

In a first for the G-7, Taiwan garnered a mention in the communique, with China invoked in different areas of the leaders' concluding statement, which was based on three days of wide-ranging discussions held in Cornwall, England.

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