G20 summit: Trump-Xi in focus
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. |