Washington, United States:
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was set Thursday for White Home talks with President Joe Biden armed with reminders of UK ambitions on synthetic intelligence and Ukraine — and a reminder additionally of Biden’s British roots.
Whereas intensely happy with his Irish-American heritage, Biden additionally acknowledges forebears from England — together with a Nineteenth-century sailor who was his great-great-grandfather.
Sunak’s spokesman mentioned that the prime minister would current a duplicate of Christopher Biden’s guide “Naval Self-discipline: Subordination Contrasted with Insubordination” — which the president, visiting Eire in April, described because the Royal Navy’s information to combatting mutiny.
Within the Oval Workplace, Sunak will even present to Biden a customized Barbour jacket made close to his northern English constituency, embroidered with the phrases “Mr President” on a entrance pocket.
This follows a wealthy custom of summit gift-giving by US-UK leaders — though Downing Avenue might be hoping that this time performs higher than when Barack Obama obtained Gordon Brown in 2009.
Brown introduced a decorative pen holder made out of the timbers of a Victorian anti-slave ship. In return, Obama gave a bag of DVDs — which have been encoded to play solely on North American machines.
Sunak is staying at Blair Home, the presidential visitor residence very near the White Home, and can give a joint press convention with Biden — VIP therapy that few visiting dignitaries get.
Sunak has trimmed British sails to align with US coverage winds on right now’s challenges together with China, whereas touting a post-Brexit management function on synthetic intelligence.
He plans to host the world’s first AI summit within the autumn, vowing to craft a coordinated strategy to harness its potential in areas reminiscent of drugs whereas averting doomsday situations of sentient computer systems wiping out humanity.
“Time and time once more all through historical past we now have invented paradigm-shifting new applied sciences and we now have harnessed them for the nice of humanity,” Sunak mentioned forward of the White Home summit.
“That’s what we should do once more.”
But there are already headwinds for Britain’s putative function in AI regulation, provided that america and European Union have already begun their very own dialogue on a code of conduct.
On Ukraine, there’s prone to be smoother crusing out of the summit with each the US and UK governments shifting nearer to providing air help to Kyiv to counter Russia’s invasion.
Each have mentioned it’s too quickly accountable Russia for the partial destruction of a Ukrainian dam this week — however each are clear that Moscow’s aggression should be thwarted.
Whereas giving up hope for now on a post-Brexit commerce cope with america, Sunak headed into Thursday’s summit arguing that the invasion proves the necessity for transatlantic financial alignment.
“Simply as interoperability between our militaries has given us a battlefield benefit over our adversaries, larger financial interoperability will give us an important edge within the many years forward,” he mentioned.
Sunak is pushing for US aid to UK carmakers, by way of larger entry to vital minerals utilized in batteries, after Biden’s Inflation Discount Act provided huge subsidies to corporations with US operations.
Sunak has additionally been speaking up British Protection Secretary Ben Wallace as a candidate to steer NATO earlier than the Western navy alliance holds a summit subsequent month in Lithuania, with the prime ministers of Denmark and Estonia additionally seen as contenders.
NATO Secretary Basic Jens Stoltenberg’s time period within the job is because of finish in October.
On Wednesday night Sunak took in a baseball sport between the Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks, and politely declined the prospect to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
After the UK and US anthems have been performed by a navy band, Sunak mentioned to Nats supervisor Dave Martinez: “They need to put a (cricket) bat in my hand.
“That is extra my factor.”
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