Mr Morrison will also spend his time in London visiting the Queen at Windsor Castle early next week before flying to Paris for a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (R) greets Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison (L), and his wife Jenny, during an audience at Buckingham Palace in 2019.Source:AFP
Mr Morrison will use his first face-to-face meeting with Mr Biden to talk about climate change and how the US and Australia could best respond to new cyber and technological threats posed by nations including China and Russia.
The Prime Minister told The Australian his key message going into the summit in Cornwall was that “no country in our region should have to compromise their values or interests in order to live peacefully together”.
Mr Biden has encouraged other nations to take a harder line against Chinese economic coercion, but Mr Morrison insisted that competition between the US and China did “not have to lead to conflict”.
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson (2R) and his spouse Carrie Johnson (R) greet US President Joe Biden (2L) and first lady Jill Biden during the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall.Source:AFP
Mr Morrison has an interesting family association with Cornwall, with the Prime Minister admitting this week that his “fifth great-grandfather” William Roberts was cast out of the town for stealing “five pound and a half-weight of yarn” in 1786 and sent to Australia as part of the First Fleet.
“It’s a long time since one of my family was in Cornwall,” Mr Morrison said in a speech in Perth on Wednesday.
Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists take part in the Sound The Alar march during the G7 summit in Cornwall.Source:Getty Images
Hundreds of demonstrators protest G7
Activists take part in an Extinction Rebellion climate change protest march in St Ives, Cornwall.Source:AFP
The talks have already been met with protests as more than 500 Extinction Rebellion demonstrators blocked roads and branded world leaders “liars” near Cornwall.
Extinction Rebellion, a climate activist group, say the protests are in response to G7 nations’ “failure to respect the global climate commitments they made in Paris in 2015” and “to urge the leaders meeting at Carbis Bay in Cornwall to act immediately to address the climate and ecological emergency”.
Activists from the climate change protest group Extinction Rebellion, pour a black liquid to represent oil, into the mouth of a fellow activist as they demonstrate against oil giant Shell on the beach in St Ives, Cornwall.Source:AFP
Members of the group said they were there to represent the threat to seas and wildlife if more decisive action is not taken to combat climate change.
Flags could also be seen which said “G7 drowning in promises” and “Action not words”.
Devon and Cornwall Police said in a Twitter message they were monitoring the situation and warned locals to expect delays in the area, particularly the town centre.
Activists hold a banner reading ‘The destruction of nature will lead to more pandemics’ as others pose as dead bodies during a climate change protest by Extinction Rebellion on the beach in St Ives, Cornwall.Source:AFP
Some demonstrators also held a silent protest while others gathered on the town’s beach putting on cardboard cut outs of the faces of the world leaders.