Dominic Raab to meet US counterpart Blinken today ahead of G7 – 'UK not in ...

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The meeting comes ahead of the first in-person summit of G7 foreign ministers, which is set to start on Tuesday. During the summit, the UK will speak to representatives from Germany, , Canada, Japan, France and the EU about what Mr Raab labelled their “shared challenges”.

James Rogers, of the Council on Geostrategy think tank, said: "It's good to see that Blinken is visiting the UK and actively participating in the Government's G7 agenda - it will be a good opportunity to bring together a number of important countries and to coax those who are not necessarily on board, particularly those European members who are conflicted over China.

"It really puts paid to fears circulating before Biden became President that his administration would focus on the EU and cast Britain into the cold.

“After all, Biden has his Irish roots and Blinken, who grew up in Paris, famously accused Britain of self-harm over Brexit a few years ago."

He added: "All the main subjects under discussion are connected by one thing: China. Even building back better is about levelling up and becoming less dependent on China.

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G7 summit: Dominic RaabDominic Raab to meet US counterpart Blinken today ahead of G7 (Image: Getty)

"While the EU has shown its weakness over China, the UK has offered a

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