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Japan Puzzled by Trump's Remarks on G-7 Expansion

Japan Puzzled by Trump's Remarks on G-7 Expansion

   Tokyo, June 1 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government has been bewildered by U.S. President Donald Trump's remarks showing his intention to expand the framework of the Group of Seven major industrial nations to include Russia, South Korea, Australia and India.
   While Trump's remarks apparently reflect his aim of isolating China, which is at loggerheads with the United States over the coronavirus pandemic and the situation in Hong Kong, Tokyo is quickly collecting information to get an insight into what exactly the U.S. leader intended.
   Trump had considered hosting a G-7 summit in Washington in late June to demonstrate that the United States is returning to normal from the novel coronavirus crisis.
   But he announced on Saturday that the event will be postponed to September or later, after some leaders voiced reluctance to hold the G-7 meeting in person. At the same time, Trump suggested his intention to invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India, calling the current G-7 framework outdated.
   "The G-7 framework continues to be an important forum for major countries to confirm their policies and cooperation for tackling issues facing the international community," Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference on Monday, voicing caution over its expansion.

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