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Trump's G-7 expansion falls flat on reluctance to exclude China

Moscow uneager to alienate Beijing; members cool on Russia re-entry

U.S. President Donald Trump described the group as “outdated” while talking to reporters aboard Air Force One on May 30.   © Reuters

TOKYO --  U.S. President Donald Trump's suggestion the Group of Seven be expanded to include such countries as Russia, Australia, India and South Korea has met a chilly reception from countries, some of whom do not appear keen to have even frostier relations with China.  

Trump said he will delay the next meeting of leading industrial nations until September because he feels the G-7 does not represent what is going on in the world. German leader Angela Merkel had already said she would not attend the June meeting because of coronavirus concerns.

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