Spotlight: Reactions to G7 summit outcome mixed


Reactions were mixed to a final statement by Group of Seven (G7) leaders at the close of their two-day summit in the Italian town of Taormina on Saturday.

Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan plus the European Union (EU) found common ground with the United States on counter-terrorism and trade but failed to do so on climate change.

This outcome has triggered divided reactions. The 43rd summit of industrialized nations was “a substantial success,” according to Professor John J. Kirton, who directs the G7 Research Group at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.

“The G7 leaders delivered… useful steps forward on a broad range of sustainable development and economic fronts,” said Kirton, a political science professor and a non-resident senior fellow at the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at China’s Renmin University.

“On climate change, (the G7) wisely framed the issue as one of energy security, pointing out that clean technology could bring the growth and the jobs that Trump so badly wants at home,” Kirton told Xinhua…

Read more : Xinhuanet, 28.05.2017