18th-century villa in Geneva park to host Biden-Putin summit

Henrietta Strickland
June 11, 2021

Biden's speech reflected the overall theme for his trip: "America is here to lead with strength".

The lawns and villa are fringed by tall trees including cedars that are more than 200 years old - offering a relatively discreet and lush venue for the meeting of the two leaders at the end of Biden's first overseas diplomatic trip since becoming president in January.

But the poll also found he has work to do on his bigger project of uniting democracies against Russian Federation and China.

"Who knows at this point", he said.

"I had a long conversation for two hours recently with [Chinese] President Xi [Jinping], making it clear to him we could do nothing but speak out for human rights around the world because that's who we are", Biden said.

Overall, trust in the USA dipped to historic lows under Trump, even among close allies such as Britain and Japan, according to Pew. Sullivan told reporters Biden would press the Russian president on USA priorities and values.

Throughout his trip, Biden said he hopes to present a different view of the USA than former President Donald Trump, who often contended that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies were not for the most part contributing their fair share to support the seven-decade-old Western military alliance. He wrote that he wants to "realize America's renewed commitment to our allies and partners".

White House officials have made clear that Biden's eight day swing through the U.K., Belgium and Switzerland is designed in part to draw a line under the Trump years and mark a return of the U.S.to the world stage. "And we believe that Russian Federation can take and must take steps to deal with it".

Last week, when asked about the upcoming summit, Vladimir Putin stated that he and the US President need to find ways to mend relations between Russian Federation and the United States during the talks in Geneva, adding that the two will likely discuss strategic stability, the settlement of global conflicts, as well as countering terrorism.

In a speech Biden made to US troops at a British air base Wednesday, he said he wants to show the world that "America is back". Can he rally the world's democracies to meet the expansive challenges of today?

Across 16 publics, German Chancellor Angela Merkel received slightly higher ratings than Biden. Some 77 percent expressed confidence in her to the right thing on world affairs, compared with 74 percent for the American president.

A median of just 17% say democracy in the U.S.is a good example for others to follow, while 57% say it used to be a good example but has not been in recent years.

The airbase was the first place outside of the United States that Joe Biden has visited since his election victory over Donald Trump last November. And what might this trip reveal about Biden's foreign policy doctrine and what we can expect of USA global standing in the years to come? The U.S. has vaccinated more than half of its adult population, but impoverished countries are trailing far behind that level of inoculation.

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