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International relations

US and UK vow to guard global order against autocracies

Biden and Johnson sign Atlantic Charter 2.0 but deny new Cold War

U.S. President Joe Biden laughs while meeting with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, U.K., on June 10.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- U.S. President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday signed a new take on a charter dating back to the Second World War, as the two countries vowed to secure the international order of the 21st century against threats from autocracies.

The New Atlantic Charter was inked as the two leaders met in Cornwall, U.K., on Biden's first trip abroad as president, ahead of the Group of Seven rich nations summit slated to start there Friday. Some 80 years had passed since the original declaration set out American and British visions for a post-World War II order.

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