On Sunday, President Joe Biden met with the Group of Seven’s leaders to announce their plans to launch a global infrastructure initiative with the goals of promoting “stability” and improving living conditions in developing countries. They spoke while in Germany’s Bavarian Alps and called for the need to invest in multiple avenues: preparing for a second pandemic, climate change, and energy prices.
People noticed online that Biden slurred part of his speech. You can hear it at the 49-minute mark.
“These strategic investments are areas of — critical to sustainable development and to our shared global stability: health and health security, digital connectivity, gender equality and equity, climate and energy security,” Biden stumbled.
“First, health. Two years ago, COVID-19 — didn’t need any reminders about how critical investments in healthcare systems were and health sec- — and health security is, both to fight the pandemic and to prepare for the next one, because it will not be the last pandemic we under- — we have to deal with.”
Biden also cited the need for the investment in order to prepare for a second pandemic.
The aptly named Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment seeks to disburse $600 billion by the year of 2027. President Biden promised that the United States will spend $200 billion as part of the program.
“These strategic investments are in areas critical to sustainable development and to our shared global stability: health and health security, digital connectivity, gender equality and equity, climate and energy security,” Biden said. “We need a worldwide effort to invest in transformative clean energy projects to ensure that critical infrastructures resilient to changing climate. Critical materials that are necessary for clean energy transition, including production of batteries, need to be developed with high standards for labor and environment.”
The new plan is aimed at opposing Chinese investments in developing foreign countries. In recent years, they have begun investing in Africa and Latin America. Biden highlighted this during his speech and told foreign nations that they should align with the United States and the other G-7 nations over China.
“What we’re doing is fundamentally different because it’s grounded on our shared values of all those representing the countries and organizations behind me. It’s built using the global best practices: transparency, partnership, protections for labor and the environment,” he said.
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