High tension G20 opens, dominated by Trump quarrels

Saul Bowman
December 1, 2018

Before heading for Buenos Aires on Thursday, Trump said he was open to a trade deal with China, but added, "I don't know that I want to do it".

On Wednesday, Argentine legal authorities took initial action to consider a request from Human Rights Watch to prosecute him for alleged crimes against humanity, a move apparently aimed at embarrassing him as he attends the summit.

When asked about China-US trade and business developments, Gao said China has repeatedly stressed that the essence of bilateral economic and trade cooperation is to reach win-win results.

As the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires approaches, there is widespread speculation on whether or not U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese Communist Party Chairman Xi Jinping will be able to cut a deal that might ease trade tensions between the two powerful countries.

"We discussed multiple aspects of India-Saudi Arabia relations and ways to further boost economic, cultural and energy ties", the prime minister wrote on Twitter.

PM Modi had also held a bilateral meeting with Saudi Arabia Crown Prince and Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Mr Morrison also met with French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the navy submarine contract, reforming the WTO and co-operation in the Indo-Pacific.

At the G20, bin Salman will come face-to-face with Western leaders who have been increasingly critical of the Saudi leader since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Argentina, this year's G20 president, has stressed the importance of the summit as a consensus-building forum.


"We've been going through some hard times, and your support, and your support for the deal with the International Monetary Fund, has helped us build a better future and start taking steps in that direction".

The two superpowers have been fighting a trade war, which is threatening to hurt the global economy as billions of dollars of tariffs have been slapped on products.

The United States, Canada and Mexico also are supposed to sign a trade deal replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement that was struck following months of tough negotiations that analysts say left a bitter taste among the partners. At the summit he has sought to fashion himself as the anti-Trump - a champion of the Paris climate accord, defender of the postwar system of global trade and crusader against multinational tax evaders.

If there is one when the summit winds up on Saturday it may have to hurdle the obstacle of climate change.

Mr Trump said he would not meet Mr Putin because three Ukrainian vessels and 24 sailors seized by Russian Federation in the Black Sea near Crimea had not been returned.

However, Mrs Merkel's own arrival at the summit has been delayed by a technical fault in her plane.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's attendance at the summit marked the first time a United Kingdom prime minister has visited Argentina's capital.

The agreements include a China-financed nuclear programme that will build a fourth nuclear power plant in Argentina that reportedly could cost about US$8 billion, and a currency swap that will double Argentina's credit line to US$18.7 billion, making China the biggest non-institutional lender of the country, the official said.

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