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G-7 meeting will also have significant geopolitical dialogue

The prominence of such issues at the meeting underlines the G-7's often underappreciated importance as an international security linchpin.

On the North Korean front, the G-7 will seek to send a message of defiance to the Pyongyang regime which conducted its fourth nuclear weapon test in January.

THE 2016 G-7 leadership meeting, which starts on Thursday in Japan, comes at a moment of heightened international concern about the global economy, with significant downside risks on the horizon, including the UK's EU referendum next month. While the summit thus has a sizeable economic agenda,...

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