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Japanese PM Fumio Kishida (R) and Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy bow after laying a bouquet of flowers at the Cenotaph for the Victims of the Atomic Bomb at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

Mami Nagaoki / The Yomiuri Shimbun via Reuters Connect

Zelensky charms G-7, but Brazil & India play hard to get

The indisputable star of the G-7 was Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky, who showed up in Hiroshima after hitching a ride on a French military plane with a stopover in Saudi Arabia. Zelensky then worked the room, charming attendees and securing what seemed unthinkable just weeks ago: a US promise to allow its allies to send F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, which Kyiv has long been begging for (no word yet on US direct supplies).

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9th working session of the G-7 Hiroshima Summit meeting in Japan.

The Yomiuri Shimbun via Reuters Connect

G-7 sticks & carrots for China

The G-7 on Sunday wrapped up its annual summit in the Japanese city of Hiroshima by telling China something along the lines of: “Hey, our relationship is pretty toxic, but we can't afford to break up just yet. So we're gonna make a bit of a fuss until you play nice.”

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A G-7 sign, decorated with flowers, stands at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial in Japan.

Michael Kappeler/dpa via Reuters Connect

G-7 leaders gather to chart next moves on Russia, China, other issues

The leaders of the industrialized nations that make up the G-7 will hold their annual meeting on May 19-21 in Hiroshima, Japan, a location of special significance at a time of intensifying great power competition. In the closing chapter of World War II, the US detonated an atomic bomb over the Japanese city, killing more than 100,000 civilians.

This year’s G-7 summit takes place as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and an increasingly assertive China test the resilience of the postwar order and make it more difficult to address transnational challenges such as climate change. We asked Eurasia Group experts Ali Wyne, Lívia Pereira, and David Boling what to expect.

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