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Joe Biden is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva to cap off his first international trip as the President of the United States. Biden's Europe visit started with the G7 summit in the UK, followed by the NATO Summit in Brussels. Outcomes of the NATO Summit will be discussed in a United States Studies Centre (USSC) webinar on 29 June at 5pm AEDT. Having called Putin a ‘worthy adversary’, Biden is expected to exert pressure on cybersecurity and other points of tension between Russia and the United States. China was the other focus at both European summits with the G7 calling for a ‘phase two’ investigation into the origins of COVID-19. In a significant breakthrough overnight, Australia and the UK announced a robust free trade agreement, signed in the context of joint efforts to counter China’s economic coercion. The UK is currently Australia’s second-largest investor, behind the United States, and seventh-largest trading partner.
Read about the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement here.