President Trump extended an invitation to Indian PM Narendra Modi for attending the G7 summit to be held in the US this September. This is the 2nd consecutive invitation for India after it was invited to attend the summit by France in 2019. The step comes at a time when Trump is attempting to increase the G7 to G11. His proposed new members are India, South Korea, Australia, and Russia.
What Is G7?
Group of Seven is an international body consisting of superpower nations like Canada, Italy, Germany, France, the US, Japan, and the UK. The European Union (EU) is an invitee to the group. The mentioned 7 countries constitute 46% of the Global GDP. The group was formed to discuss international problems like economy, environment, world health, etc while formulating policies for worldwide security.
While the group was originally G8, Russia was expelled in 2014 due to its annexation of Crimea. The controversy advanced in 2018 when Trump wanted to include Russia back. However, the decision was not supported by the other 6 members which also reaffirmed their original decision.
In June 2020, Trump expressed wish to include new nations in the G7, including Russia. However, Russia called, in turn, to include China in the group. The set of events comes at a time when the US, Australia, and several other nations are trying to take measures against China for its opacity in Coronavirus dealing. China has criticized the exclusion, labeling the move as “circling against China”. It also observes the inclusion of India over itself as siding with India amidst increased border tensions.