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“It’s In­dia’s 75th In­de­pen­dence Day in 2022, and we had re­quested Italy if we can get ’22 in­stead of ’21 (to host G20 sum­mit).They ac­cepted our re­quest, oth­ers ac­cepted, too”

THE United States di­verged with G20 part­ners at sum­mit talks Satur­day in re­fus­ing to back global ac­tion on cli­mate change and by wa­ter­ing down past pledges to fight trade pro­tec­tion­ism.

A fi­nal com­mu­nique adopted at the sum­mit in Ar­gentina said all other G20 mem­bers agreed to im­ple­ment the "ir­re­versible" Paris Agree­ment on cli­mate change.

But it said the "United States re­it­er­ates its de­ci­sion to with­draw from the Paris Agree­ment."

With US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump wag­ing a trade war against China and oth­ers, the state­ment omit­ted pre-Trump pledges by the G20 to fight pro­tec­tion­ism and up­hold mul­ti­lat­eral trad­ing rules.

In­stead, it merely rec­og­nized the "con­tri­bu­tion" of the "mul­ti­lat­eral trad­ing sys­tem," and added that it was "fall­ing short" in goals of growth and job cre­ation.

Trump's de­ter­mi­na­tion to plow on with his "Amer­ica First" agenda stands in con­trast to the al­liance-build­ing pres­i­dency of Ge­orge Bush, whose death Fri­day trig­gered a rare show of unity from G20 lead­ers.

Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin mean­while has been forced to de­fend Rus­sia's seizure of three Ukrainian ves­sels off Crimea in meet­ings with coun­ter­parts such as Ger­man Chan­cel­lor Angela Merkel and French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron.

"The chan­cel­lor re­it­er­ated her con­cern about the es­ca­la­tion of the Kerch Strait and her com­mit­ment to the free­dom of ship­ping into the Sea of Azov," Merkel's spokesman St­ef­fen Seib­ert said.

The re­lease of the G20 com­mu­nique meant that the meet­ing at least avoided the fate of two other re­cent sum­mits — those of the G7 and the Asi­aPa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion fo­rum — that ended with­out any col­lec­tive state­ment.


Ac­tivists protest against the G20 Sum­mit tak­ing place in Buenos Aires|

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