What topics will G8 Summit discuss?

15:52, May 27, 2011      

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The 2011 Group of Eight (G8) Summit will be held from May 26 to May 27 in the French coastal city of Deauville. Judging from the meeting schedule, the G8 will focus on problems such as the situation in the Middle East and nuclear safety issues under the influence of the profound changes in the Middle East situation, Osama bin Laden's death and the nuclear accidents in Fukushima, Japan. Economic issues will be toned down.

In the context of the rapid rise of emerging economies, analysts believe that the G8, which is mainly composed of Western developed countries, will find it difficult to discuss and make decisions on major global economic issues alone. Therefore, they have to transfer their focus to security fields in order to give meaning to its continued existence.

Discussion of situations in West Asia, North Africa

The situation in West Asia and North Africa has undergone great changes since the end of 2010. This will become one of the focuses of G8 leaders.

Coordination on anti-terrorist activities

The development of the international anti-terrorism situation will also become a focus of the G8 Summit after Al Qaeda's leader Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. troops. The United States, France and Britain are faced with the same threat of terrorism. How Western countries will coordinate their positions in this aspect after bin Laden's death will also attract wide attention from the international community.

Formulating nuclear safety standards

The only Asian country in the G8, Japan experienced a pair of disasters in the form of an earthquake and a nuclear accident. Therefore, Western developed countries will discuss the nuclear accidents in Japan during the summit. Member countries of the G8 also have differences on the problem of whether they should continue to develop nuclear energy. As a nuclear energy power, France advocates that they should not give up nuclear energy, while Germany wants to quit. France also hopes to take this opportunity to appeal for the global development of applicable nuclear safety standards.

Developed countries defend their interests in Africa

The African economy has been developing rapidly in recent years, but Western countries believe that emerging economies are posing an increasingly serious threat to their interests on the continent. France proposed at the summit in Deauville that an enlarged G8 meeting, including selected African leaders, should be held to promote the relations between Western developed countries and African countries. Possible topics include "Africa's role in global governance," "how Western countries can promote the development of Africa," and "encouraging Western companies to invest in Africa."

Green growth is main economic topic

In addition to the above topics, the G8 Summit will also place attention on the global economy. However, as the G20 is playing an increasingly important role in global economic governance, the G8 summit will mainly discuss one economic topic, namely "green growth."

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