PLYMOUTH, England—President Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined a vision for U.S.-U.K. relations centered on promoting democracy and countering the influence of autocratic states during their first in-person meeting.
The two leaders agreed Thursday on a wide-ranging document that charts a path forward from a global pandemic that has killed millions, as the virus continues spreading in some parts of the world. It calls for investments in science and technology, renewed efforts to address climate change and improved defenses against global health threats.
The two-page document—dubbed the “Atlantic Charter,” after the joint statement made in by Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941 when they set out their approach to a post-World War II world—includes few specific policy commitments. Instead, it lays out broad principles for the countries.
“We must ensure that democracies—starting with our own—can deliver on solving the critical challenges of our time,” the new charter states. “We will champion transparency, uphold the rule of law, and support civil society and independent media.”
The document doesn’t mention Russia or China, but U.S. officials said it was central to Mr. Biden’s effort to build an informal coalition of democratic nations to push back against everything from Russia’s attempts to interfere in elections to China’s expansionism.