G20 opens un­der as­sault from Don­ald Trump

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The US pres­i­dent has set China in his sights as he pre­pares to meet Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping on the G20 mar­gins. G20 powers open two days of sum­mit talks in cri­sis-hit Ar­gentina on Fri­day af­ter a stormy buildup dom­i­nated by US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s con­sen­sus-buck­ing cru­sade to realign world trade. Shortly be­fore the sum­mit kicks off, Trump’s ‘Amer­ica First’ charge will bear fruit with the sign­ing in Buenos Aires of a suc­ces­sor to the North Amer­i­can free trade pact NAFTA.

The re­vamped ac­cord, called the US-Mex­i­coCanada Agree­ment (USMCA), looks a lot like the one it re­places. But enough has been tweaked for Trump to de­clare vic­tory on be­half of the US work­ers he claims were cheated by NAFTA.

Yet, un­der­lin­ing that the new deal may not be quite the game-changer he pro­fesses, the sign­ing will be ex­e­cuted by se­nior trade ne­go­tia­tors from the three coun­tries rather than their lead­ers at­tend­ing the G20. Af­ter im­pos­ing pun­ish­ing tar­iffs on Chi­nese goods and threat­en­ing more to come in Jan­uary, Trump also has China in his sights as he pre­pares to meet Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping on the G20 mar­gins.

Zim­babwe Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa.

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

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