G20 sum­mit: Trump-Xi in fo­cus

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - WORLD - News Agency (ANA) dpa African

THE Group of 20 (G20) sum­mit en­tered its sec­ond and fi­nal day yes­ter­day amid hopes that the meet­ing could pro­duce a joint com­mu­nique that pro­motes com­mer­cial links be­tween na­tions.

Ar­gen­tine Pres­i­dent Mauri­cio Macri opened the 13th G20 sum­mit on Fri­day, wel­com­ing the heads of state and gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

“This sum­mit is an un­prece­dented event for our coun­try. It is the first time in our coun­try’s his­tory that so many world lead­ers have set foot in Ar­gentina at the same time,” said Macri from the Costa Salguero in the north­ern area of the Ar­gen­tine cap­i­tal, where G20 lead­ers met.

Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe took the op­por­tu­nity to speak out against pro­tec­tion­ism on the first day, a spokesper­son said.

In lead­ers’ round-ta­ble and bi­lat­eral meet­ings with the pres­i­dents of China and the US, Abe ad­vo­cated free and open mar­kets and urged a re­form of the World Trade Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“Pro­tec­tion­ism and trade re­stric­tive mea­sures will not be in the in­ter­est of any coun­try,” the spokesper­son quoted Abe as telling fel­low lead­ers.

The US and China are em­broiled in a trade dis­pute and there was much an­tic­i­pa­tion over a din­ner meet­ing be­tween Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping yes­ter­day.

Trump had hinted there might yet be a chance to reach a deal to at least stall any fur­ther tar­iffs. |

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