World leaders meet in Osaka for G-20 summit

 

World leaders meet in Osaka for G-20 summit

Osaka - Presidents of the United States and China and other world leaders gather in Osaka for a summit of the Group of 20 major economies.

By AP

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Published: Thu 27 Jun 2019, 11:16 PM

Last updated: Fri 28 Jun 2019, 1:27 AM

Trade and geopolitical tensions, and the looming threat of climate change, are on the agenda as the presidents of the United States and China and other world leaders gather in Osaka, Japan, for a summit of the Group of 20 major economies.
While prospects for detente in the trade war between the US and China are in the spotlight, many participating are calling for a broader perspective in tackling global crises. "This will be a difficult G20, there are global challenges to be met, we need to step up to avoid the climate threats, ... reform the World Trade Organization and prepare for the digital revolution," Donald Tusk, president of the European Union Council, said at a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The summit comes at a time of growing international tensions, for example, over Iran's nuclear deal, as well as disputes between the United States and China over trade and technology.
President Donald Trump arrived Thursday evening and was due to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday as the G-20 meetings conclude. Accompanying him were US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman in Beijing said China intends to defend itself against further US moves to penalize it over trade friction.
Threats by Trump to impose more tariffs on Chinese exports "won't work on us because the Chinese people don't believe in heresy and are not afraid of pressure," Geng Shuang said.


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