European Union (EU) Current Affairs - 2020

Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China

A group of eight democracies have launched Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China. It is an international cross-party group of legislators that are working towards reforms on democratic countries approach towards China.

Highlights

The Alliance was formed by Japan, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Lithuania, Norway, Netherlands and USA. The European Union was also present when the representatives from these countries discussed about issues related to China.

Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China

The Alliance follows two principles namely

  • Free, open and rules-based international cooperation to support human dignity
  • The Democratic states should maintain integrity in their political systems.

Background

The Alliance has met during a time when China is trying to dilute autonomy of Hong Kong. Also, during the time when several countries are raising concerns about origin of COVID-19.

About the alliance

The alliance is an international group of legislators that are working towards reforms on how countries approach China. The mission monitors developments and assists legislators to craft strategic approach on the issues related to China. The activities of the alliance fall into the following areas

  • Upholding human rights
  • Safeguarding international rules
  • Promoting fair trade
  • Strengthen security
  • Protect national integrity

G7 summit postponed; To be expanded as G10 or G11

The US President Donald Trump recently announced that the USA is postponing the G7 summit to September 2020. Also, President Trump intends to expand the G7 group to G10 or G11.

On June 2, 2020, US  President Trump invited Indian PM Modi to the G7 summit through telephonic conversation. The Leaders discussed India-China recent Stand Off at the Line of Actual control

Highlights

The G-7 is a group of seven countries namely France, Canada, Germany, Japan, US and UK. The grouping dies not have a fixed headquarters or a formal constitution. The decision that are taken in the summit are non-binding.

President Trump intends to expand the G7 group by including three other nations namely Australia, Russia, India and South Korea.

About G7

G7 is an inter governmental organization that was formed in 1975. It was formed by the top economies of the world as an informal forum to discuss world issues. Canada joined G7 in 1976 and EU (European Union) began attending G7 meets in 1977.

Russia joined G7 in 1997. Initially G7 was called G8. In 2014, Russia was expelled as it annexed Crimea region of Ukraine to its territory.

G7 VS G20

G20 is a larger group and includes all the G7 members. India is a member of G20. G20 was formed in 1999 as a response to bring more countries to address global economic concerns. G20 makes up 80% of the global economy.