Africa is in the spotlight as leaders of the world's major economic powers are meeting in Japan for an annual summit. Leaders of the Group of Eight and seven African countries are set to meet. Chinese President Hu Jintao is also attending the meetings.
The meetings with African leaders are to address key problems such as food supplies, infectious diseases and economic development. Activists have accused some G8 nations, particularly France, Canada and Italy, of skimping on aid to Africa, and urged them to ramp up their contributions. Soaring food prices was another key topic on the agenda at the summit on Monday.
Talks were expected to shift on Tuesday and Wednesday to climate change. Leaders will try to move forward UN-led talks aimed at forging a new global warming accord by the end of next year.
(CCTV July 8, 2008)